Congratulations to Jane for Completing the Great South Run

Jane after the run.

Jane after the run.

Congratulations and many thanks to Jane McCarthy from St John Bosco church in Woodley for completing the Great South run on Sunday with a time of 1hour and 46 minutes.  Also thanks to all those who supported her and sponsored her . You can still contribute to her just giving fund in aid of CAFOD by clicking on this link

After starting Park Run a few years ago, Jane got into the habit of running weekly and having enjoyed a couple of 10ks, Jane was looking for a more testing race.   Jane’s Dad had been a great supporter of CAFOD and she found her challenge when she went to a CAFOD supporters meeting and learnt that others had done the Great South Run as a way of fundraising.  By taking part, Jane was able to combine her desire to raise money for CAFOD and do a longer run. Despite some pre-race nerves, Jane really enjoyed the day:

“The run went really well!  We were all a little worried about what the weather was going to throw at us as the previous day’s events were cancelled due to poor weather. But apart from being a little windy it stayed dry, the sun came out and everyone was determined to enjoy a day they’d been working towards for a while. The event was really well organised and there was live music around the course that raised the spirits just when you were starting to flag, giving a much-needed boost of energy!  It was a great day and I would recommend it to anyone to have a go – there were so many inspiring people there who had personal reasons for taking part such as in memory of a loved one or for a cause they believe in.”

The money raised by Jane will be used by CAFOD to help those living in extreme poverty to reach their full potential, regardless of religion or culture, by equipping them with the skills to live with dignity, support their families and give something back to their communities.

CAFOD representative in Portsmouth diocese, Jo Lewry, said: “It’s wonderful that Jane decided to run the Great South Run for CAFOD, especially given her Dad was such a loyal supporter.  We’re really glad to hear that the race went well and hope that she inspires others to have a go!”   by Jess Coffin   Media Intern for SE Region.

Inspired by Jane to fundraise for CAFOD lots of ideas here.




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