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Simon's grand gesture

PUBLISHED: 23:13 01 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:46 03 March 2010

AN IPSWICH man who had never run a race in his life before, has completed a half-marathon and raised a staggering £1,075.

Simon Cudworth's only exercise before training for the Great North run was five-aside football once a week.

AN IPSWICH man who had never run a race in his life before, has completed a half-marathon and raised a staggering £1,075.

Simon Cudworth's only exercise before training for the Great North run was five-aside football once a week.

But that hard work paid off and he successfully completed the 13-mile run in September in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice.

Mr Cudworth, owns two post offices, one in Cliff Lane and the other in Foxhall Road, said: "I did a couple of runs around Ipswich beforehand but I only managed about eight miles.

"The atmosphere on the day was incredible. It really spurs you on. There were people running past me on crutches and people in wheelchairs. I was just swept along by the occasion.

"I had a good idea what pace I could run beforehand and every mile or so there were bands playing. There were drink stops and people cheering. But the last two and a half miles were difficult."

Mr Cudworth trained up to three times a week on the tredmill at Fitness First and completed the run in two hours and 22 minutes.

He picked St Elizabeth Hospice as beneficiary as it is a local charity and is situated on the same road as one of his post offices. The 47-year-old thanked his customers for their support.

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