“This is the perfect challenge to honour Ainsley”

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For many, the decision to run 5 half marathons in a year is a big challenge, but for Jo and Imogen Charles it is the perfect way to honour their son and brother Ainsley.

Jo, 52, who works in FE teaching and her 25 year old daughter Imogen, a designer, will run 5 half marathons, one to honour each year since the tragic passing of 21 year old Ainsley in 2012. Ainsley was a student at the University of Sunderland at the time of his death and is described by Jo as “a huge sports fan, a very good footballer, rugby player and keen on cricket in particular”. Ainsley was a talented rugby player who played for the university first team.

Jo told us:

Ainsley was a fun loving, outgoing and caring person, he had many many friendships up and down the country

Ainsley’s death sent shockwaves around his family and friends and all who knew and loved him were devastated by their loss, knowing that at the time Ainsley was making plans for his future and working hard at University.

Ainsley was found by friends after having taken how own life, and many have honoured him in fundraising events at University as well as creating a sports award in his name. Jo and Imogen will be joined by family members Ainsley’s Uncles Paul and Andrew, as well as his Auntie Julie.

Jo comments:

The idea for doing 5 half marathons came from my daughter Imogen, Ainsleys sister, after being unsuccessful in securing a place in London Marathon again, decided this would be a suitable challenge for us both to do one for each year without Ainsley in his memory to raise money for a good cause.

Ainsley’s family will be running for MIND, who Jo feels “is a suitable charity for its work with people with mental health issues as we know there is a lack of funding and a huge problem in the U.K today.”

To donate and find out more click here: http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/running-for-ainsley

All at Events of the North would like to wish Jo, Imogen and all of the family the very best of luck in your 2017 challenge, an amazing way to honour Ainsley


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DS Media + Events is the brainchild of Steve Cram, who heads a team who have extensive experience in event organisation, delivery and marketing of major sporting events, as well as broadcasting and the media. Steve, former international athlete, World Record holder and Olympic medallist is also director of Extra Mile, which has acted as consultant to numerous major running events such as the Bristol Half Marathon, Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All and has organised the elite road races at the Middlesbrough 10K.