THREE generations of a Coventry family are banding together to tackle the city’s half marathon and raise vital funds for a beloved local charity.
Retiree Tom Marchi and his family are donning their running shoes to raise money for Myton Hospices at the upcoming Decathlon Coventry Half.
The 74-year-old Coventry resident will be joined at the start line by his son Andrew, a 54-year-old retired police officer, and his 22-year-old granddaughter Lucy, who works as a carer in Nuneaton.
Speaking about the challenge ahead, Tom said: “Andrew and I have done a number of half marathons over the years, but for Lucy this will be her first ever having only taken up running less than a year ago.
“We all do it for the sheer pleasure of running and keeping fit, and although Andrew and Lucy have been doing lots of training together, I have been able to join them on the odd cross country run.
“The training has been tough, but when we cross the finish line as a family on race day, the reward will be knowing that we have accomplished something very special – even with a 52 year gap.
“We chose Myton Hospices as our chosen charity to run for, as the support they provide all across the Midlands benefits so many families at such touching times.
“Hopefully our family challenge will go a small way in helping Myton to continue the great work they do.”