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Coventry woman ran London half marathon with 1948 Olympic Torch

Felix Nobes 27th Mar, 2018

A COVENTRY woman ran with the 1948 Olympic Torch as she competed in the London Landmarks Half Marathon.

Helen Rowe ran with the iconic sporting artifact to raise money for disability charity Sense.

Ms Rowe raised £800 and managed to beat her target, running the marathon in three hours and 20 minutes,

The historic torch once again found itself in London, after being carried at the 1948 Summer Olympics torch relay.

It is one of only 1,720 torches designed by Ralph Lavers and made for the 1948 London Games.

64-year-old Helen Rowe, said she was loaned the torch by John Greatrex, former British athlete and founder of Charities of Fire, after he asked her why she was running for Sense.

Helen said: “I chose to support Sense, because my daughter is a leader on their holidays programme, where children and young disabled people with complex needs enjoy fun breaks away, while their parents receive vital respite.

“John was inspired by my reason to run and offered to loan me the Olympic Torch. I’m thrilled!”

Sense is a national disability charity that supports people with complex communication needs to be understood, connected and valued.

Sense supports children, young people and adults in their home and in the community.

They provide assistance with education and transition to adulthood through its holidays, arts, sports and wellbeing programmes.

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