13.1 miles ahead for boxing champ in Swindon Half Marathon
FORMER Commonwealth Games gold medallist Jamie Cox will run in memory of a stalwart NSPCC campaigner in Sunday’s half marathon event.
The Swindon light-middleweight boxer, 27, will lace up his running shoes rather than his gloves this weekend, with a £500 donation on its way to the children’s charity if he completes the race.
FN Foods, a long-time sponsor of the fighter, has agreed to back its man with the donation for a charity which is close to Jamie’s heart, given the support he received from one particular individual.
Sue Hooper was the NSPCC’s driving force in Swindon until she died in December 2011 after almost 30 years of fighting cruelty to children in Swindon and North Wiltshire.
“She got me into supporting the NSPCC,” said Jamie. “I started making a few appearances for them and did a bit of fundraising.
“I always stayed in touch, especially during the last couple of years. She was always very supportive of my boxing and I liked her dedication to the NSPCC and its cause.
“She was a wonderful lady and charity work was great. I just wanted to run in her memory.
“I also wanted to support the NSPCC for the work they do for children. These kids don’t have a head start in life. They are always struggling to get ahead.
“If a little bit of money can help make a difference to these kids then I am willing.”
This will be the second time Jamie has taken on the Swindon Half Marathon, previously completing the course in one hour and 26 minutes back in 2009.
“I haven’t really trained for 13 miles, but I’m always quite fit. I just want to beat my previous best time,” he said.
“It’s a tough course though. Last time, I spoke to a couple of family members who have done a few of these tough man events, and they say, from what they’ve read, Swindon is the second hardest one in the country.”
The unbeaten Swindon fighter has won all of his 16 professional bouts and is due to fight again before the New Year.
This Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of the road race, which is being co-ordinated by the British Heart Foundation for the first time.
More than 1,500 runners will toe the start line, mainly in the aid of local and national charities.
For those who missed the entry deadline for the half-marathon there is still time to enter for the five-mile multi-terrain fun run and two-mile fun run on the day, with registration open at 8am. Entries are £11.50 and £6.50 for the five-mile and two-mile runs respectively.
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