Marathon mission for Chris

Chris with his daughter Tilly.
Chris with his daughter Tilly.

Braunston man Chris Edge set himself the challenge of completing four marathons in one year in memory of his niece, who died last year.

Chris, 44, has raised more than £3,600 for the National Brain Appeal who raise vital funds for the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, where Chloe spent 11 days in intensive care.

He completed the Shakespeare Marathon in Stratford-upon-Avon on April 24 in four hours and 15 minutes, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in Liverpool on May 29 in three hours, 58 minutes and 59 seconds, the Marathon de St André-des-Eaux on August 7 in four hours, 14 minutes and 19 seconds and finally the Loch Ness Marathon on September 25 in four hours, 27 minutes and nine seconds.

Chris, who is married to Dawn and has a daughter Tilly, seven, said: “My final marathon was the toughest one of the four, both emotionally and physically.

“I struggled for the last five miles with knee pain, but I was determined to finish the challenge however long it took.

“I am so relieved to have finished what I set out to do and I am delighted to have raised over £3,000 for The National Brain Appeal. I’m sure Chloe would be proud.”

Chloe died following a devastating brain bleed in January 2015, at the age of 23.

She was a fit and healthy young woman who was unaware that she had an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) where an area of her brain’s blood vessels had developed abnormally.

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