Rugby’s runners in marathon success

Fran Condry

Fran Condry

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A PROUD Rugby mother crossed the London Marathon finish line with a huge smile on her face knowing she had just achieved something special for her beloved daughter.

Fran Condry, 29, successfully completed the 26-mile race on Sunday last week in four hours 47 mintues.

Fran, who ran alongside her friend Katherine Murphy, ran in honour of her daughter Mia, four. Mia, who was born without eyes and has cerebral palsy, can’t walk or talk.

Fran said: “It was fantastic. We managed to run all the way, even though Katherine had tendonitis. The atmosphere was amazing. It was really moving. We were so proud to be running in honour of Mia. Every time I felt like stopping I just thought about Mia and it kept me going.”

Fran and Katherine were supported by friends and family who travelled to London to cheer them on. The girls have now raised around £5,000 for the MACS charity. The charity helps families affected by microphthalmia - a disorder in which one or both eyes are abnormally small, and anopthalmia, which is the absence of one of both eyes. Seven other friends also ran for MACS and collectively they have raised more than £13,500.

Another Rugby runner, Steven Fahey, completed the marahon in four hours 56 minutes. Steven, who is Peugeot’s public relations manager, has raised more than £4,000 for Children In Need.

He said: “It was an experience like no other and although it was incredibly tough, I definitely want to do it again and wholeheartedly recommend it to others.”