21st Sep, 2020

Dedicated Redditch teenager runs 5k in memory of neighbour who died

Harry Leach 10th Sep, 2020

A DEDICATED teenager has been running in memory of her neighbour Andy Johnson who died suddenly of a heart condition in June.

Aldermans Lane residents Alice Whitworth, aged 13, her mum Becky, and dad David were devastated when they heard about Andy’s passing.

At the time Alice was half-way through the Couch to 5k challenge, a programme which promises to have people running five kilometres without stopping at the end of nine weeks.

But when Andy passed, Alice wanted her running journey to be more meaningful.

She turned her attention to raising sponsorship cash for British Heart Foundation in memory of the family friend.

Proud dad David, who trained alongside his daughter, said: “Alice isn’t usually a runner so we were really impressed with how motivated she became.

“She carried on training when we were on holiday in Spain and used the treadmill when got home during quarantine.

“She couldn’t run for more than minute a the start of the nine weeks but now her fitness has drastically improved.”

Alice completed the challenge at Arrow Valley Lake this week and has so far raised more than £365 for the heart charity.

David added: “We are over the moon with how well she’s done.”

Click here to donate to the worthy cause.

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