Grizzly runner engineers success
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A runner from Sidmouth engineered Grizzly success to raise more than £1,000 for charity.
Ian Beavis took on the race for Cancer Research last Sunday, and achieved his goal of finishing in less than four hours - seeing the clock at the end spurred him on for a sprint finish to come in at 3:59:26.
Organisers Axe Valley Runners estimate they have raised a quarter of a million pounds over the last 25 years, but admit they have no idea how much the individual racers have collected.
“I’m really pleased to have done it. I never expected to raise so much,” said Ian, a civil engineer.
“I chose Cancer Research because it’s a really important cause and so many people are affected by it – I lost a friend to it a couple of years ago, aged just 33.
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“I found out the week before the race that my nan has been diagnosed with cancer as well.”
The Fortescue Road resident was looking for a new challenge after giving up football, but said he’s always been healthy so wasn’t daunted by the 20-mile run.
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He was cheered on by his wife, Hannah, and children Bianca, Anais and Evan, aged six, four and two.
The 35-year-old thanked the supporters who helped him raise £1,052, including £250 from his company, Parsons Brinckerhoff.