27th Oct, 2021

Keely to take on Coventry Half Marathon in memory of much-loved city businessman Howard

THE former colleague of a beloved Coventry businessman will pay a fitting tribute to his life by taking on one of the city’s greatest physical challenges.

Howard Andersen, a former Coventry University business lecturer and keen runner, died aged 63 following a short battle with Motor Neurone Disease (MND), and close friend Keely Hancox is hoping to use the advice he gave her in his final months to take on the Coventry Half Marathon.

Keely, who is operations manager at the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, is taking on the 13-mile challenge in a bid to raise funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) in his memory.

“Howard was always in excellent physical condition, so it was of course a massive shock to hear of his diagnosis with MND,” she said.

“He was a true gentleman and absolutely critical to the development of the Chamber and business in the region while he was here and I know there are countless people including his students who are grateful for the way he approached life.

“He was able to give me some great advice over the last year including tips on how to prepare, and was always filled with encouragement and enthusiasm.

“Hopefully, by running in this year’s half marathon we can raise funds for the MND association and awareness surrounding this cruel and increasingly prevalent disease whilst honouring Howard’s memory.”

More than 4,000 runners are expected to take part in the Coventry Half Marathon on Sunday, October 31, and Keely is hoping to raise as much as possible for the MNDA via her JustGiving page.

The charity, which provides care and support for people living with MND, as well as their families and carers, also raises funds for research into the disease.

Visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/keely-hancox to donate.

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