Fiona travels from Wales to run in memory of her Dad
Fiona Cross, a member of Fairwater Cwmbran Runners, raised £550 by running the Winchester Half Marathon in memory of her father, Terry Woolford. Fiona was born in Winchester, but now lives in Cwmbran, South Wales, where she is a local Councillor for Plaid Cymru.
Terry sadly passed away in February this year from cancer, which prompted Fiona to support Cancer Research UK with her fundraising for the Winchester race.
When Terry lived in Winchester he was also a keen runner and actually took part in the last Winchester Half Marathon 30 years ago! He enjoyed being a member of the New Forest Runners Club. Fiona remembers Terry’s running days:
‘He was proud to be from Winchester and a keen runner in his younger days. It comforts me to know that I'm following in his footsteps and doing something positive in his name. He was a popular and well respected man who was always helping others. He ran The Winchester 10 Mile Race in 1987 when I was just a little girl. I'm told he was leading it for a time! That makes me smile, my super speedy Dad.’
Fiona is a member of her local running club, Fairwater Cwmbran Runners, and some of her fellow club members came with her to run the Winchester Half! The Winchester Half Marathon Team were delighted to welcome the group from South Wales. Kate Warne, Community Liaison Officer for Rees Leisure, stated: ‘The Winchester Community really came together on Sunday 25th September, and it was lovely to welcome the Fairwater Cwmbran Runners to the event. What a wonderful way for Fiona to pay tribute to her father by running the same race he ran 30 years ago! It really highlights what it meant to us to bring this event back to the City of Winchester, teamed with raising funds for some superb charities.’
Fiona was overwhelmed that her charity run turned into a group trip to Winchester!
‘It was a surprise and delight when several members from my club, Fairwater Cwmbran Runners, decided to join me as a club trip. One of the team attended as a volunteer too. It really made my Mum and Nan's day to see us all there.’
Fiona finished the 13.1 mile course in a very respectable time of 1.53 and is planning on attending again in 2017!