21st Oct, 2016

Pushing to the limit in memory of her grandma

Evesham Editorial 21st Aug, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A DEVOTED grand-daughter pushed herself to the limit by completing three long distance running and cycling challenges in memory of her grandma.

Evesham born Sam Clements, set herself a personal challenge to complete three events in her hometown of Liverpool in quick succession and in the process raised £390 for St Richard’s Hospice who helped care for her grandma Mavis Foulkes before her death last year.

Determined Sam completed the Liverpool Spring 10k race, the Liverpool Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon and a Liverpool to Chester circular 50-mile cycle ride.

Sam’s grandma, who was from Broadway, was a mother of two and had five grandchildren and spent her working life at the renowned local furniture producer Gordon Russell. Her interests included gardening, travelling and knitting and was known as a kind and loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Sam, 32, is a keen runner and had previously completed a half marathon and a couple of 10k events but had never entered a cycling event when she decided to take on the cycling challenge.

“I wanted to raise money for St Richard’s Hospice as the services it provides are vital to people who are ill and to their families,” she said.

“The care that St Richard’s provided for my Grandma was outstanding, and the support given to my Granddad and Mum during this difficult time was brilliant. I feel that running and cycling a few miles is the very least that I can do to try and give a little back.

“I am delighted to be able to raise this money for the hospice so that another family can benefit from the care we received.”

Her personal challenge was even greater as she has recently recovered from a painful injury which had delayed her training schedule.

“Following an injury which left me with the painful condition sciatica, I had not been able to start training for these events until February,” she added.

“So, I was absolutely delighted to achieve personal best times in the 10k run and half marathon and that I have completed my first long distance cycling event.”

St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist care for patients living with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses and supports their families.