We are delighted to announce that Steve Holder will open the Andover Lake Run on 17 September 2017.
Steve is a Hampshire firefighter who completed 20 marathons in 2016 as an emotional tribute to his late wife who died in February 2015 after a long battle with breast cancer. Steve ran one marathon for every year that he and his wife Sharon were married in events across the UK as well as in France, USA and Norway. His adventure included a midnight run, a double marathon and a rock ‘n’ roll themed event. Steve raised more than £10 000 for The Fire Fighters Charity, The Loss Foundation and Cancer Research UK.
Steve, also known as Noddy, said: “I had the idea to create a memorial and fundraising year. I wanted to raise money for charity, I needed Sharon to be remembered and I needed to run’. He added that “the runs were more emotionally challenging than physically and sometimes I would be at the start line wondering what I was doing there”.
Steve completed his year of marathons on 18 December 2016 after finishing the Portsmouth Coastal Waterside race in an amazing 3 hours and 29 minutes cheered on by friends and fellow firefighters.
“This was the right way, probably the only way to finish the year, surrounded by people who had either known Sharon or had come to feel like they knew her. To me this was the perfect ending.”
We are grateful for Steve’s support.