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Hardley Runner (79) completes half-marathon to raise funds for Southampton Hospital

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A HYTHE pensioner raised more than £200 for charity by running a half-marathon in memory of her late husband.

Ann Bruce-Low (79) took part in the event on 5th September in aid of the Southampton Hospitals Charity, which supports University Hospital Southampton.

Super-fit Ann, whose husband Peter passed away earlier this year, completed the run through the city in just over four hours.

Ann ran the half marathon in just over 4 hours (51452559)
Ann ran the half marathon in just over 4 hours (51452559)

She said: “I’ve been a member of the local running club, Hadley Runners, for nearly 17 years.

“We meet up for training twice a week and it’s a very friendly club. During lockdown running really helped me as it was a way to get out and meet people.

“I may not be the fastest but I do enjoy it. Now that races are back on it’s great to finally be able to take part again and I was pleased to raise some money for Southampton hospital, which did such a good job looking after my husband when he was ill.”

Ann, who recently moved to Churchill retirement development Hubert Lodge in the town, thanked those who had sponsored her for the event, which included her neighbours at the complex.

She added: “Everyone here is independent and young at heart like me – they’ve all been very friendly and welcoming and they all sponsored me which was lovely. My fundraising total has reached £225.”

With her third half-marathon under her belt, Ann has no plans to slow down and hopes to take part in more events in the future.

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