Action pair put in peak performance for charity

Catherine and Lex Cochrane ran the Ottery St Mary 10km to raise more than £350 for the Devon Freewhe

Catherine and Lex Cochrane ran the Ottery St Mary 10km to raise more than £350 for the Devon Freewheelers - Credit: Archant

A couple who embarked on a whirlwind two-year mission of marathon running and mountain climbing have donated their latest fundraising efforts to the Devon Freewheelers.

Catherine Cochrane – owner of Lexys hair salon in Sidford - and her husband, Lex, completed the Ottery St Mary 10km run and have thanked customers for helping them net more than £350 for the charity.

This is only the latest endeavour for the Wiggaton-based action couple, who ditched an office job and quiet life to embark on extreme fundraising expeditions. They were inspired by Lex’s brother, Paul, who has since died from cancer.

Keen biker Lex, 67, said the Freewheelers’ marvellous work in distributing essential medical supplies across East Devon appealed to them and they wanted to help.

He said: “It was a lot of lovely customers who donated the money and in particular we’d like to thank Paul Lewis of Central Garage, Sidford, who helped raise funds.”


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Lex retired from an office job as a senior manager to travel and said his brother – a former marine – was a ‘driving force’ behind his and Catherine’s fundraising efforts, which have netted more than £2,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

After Paul was diagnosed with cancer, Catherine, 54, and Lex completed the Cardiff Half Marathon and the following day climbed Snowdon to raise money for the charity that helped him.

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They have since run the Edinburgh Marathon and climbed Ben Nevis the day after.

In September, the couple plan to run the Great North Run and then scale Scafell Pike – the highest mountain in England.

Money from September’s mission will go to Get Kids Going – a charity that supports, helps and encourages disabled children.

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