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A marathon effort in memory of Dad

Michael O'Shea and sister Helen who ran the marathon in memory of their father

Michael O'Shea and sister Helen who ran the marathon in memory of their father

The fundraising started at the family bar – O’Shea’s in Castle Street, Luton – and moved on to the London Marathon the next day.

Siblings Helen Greene, 42, and Michael O’Shea, 46, organised the evening in memory of their much-loved father Con, a popular musician who died in 2007 from asbestos-related lung cancer.

And together they’ve raised more than £2,500 for the British Lung Foundation.

Mother-of-two Helen did the marathon five years ago and swore never again.

“It’s a very gruelling thing to do,” she said. “But this year I decided I wanted to better my time – I must have been mad.”

To her enormous disapppointment, an old injury kicked in at 19 miles. “But I wouldn’t give in,” she said. “I had to walk the last seven miles with a very sore right leg and finished in just under six hours.

“It’s a very emotional day anyway and loads of family and friends were dotted along the route which was fantastic.”

Helen’s parents opened O’Shea’s 23 years ago. Her mother Della and brother Michael now run it between them. But Con and his acccordian are still sadly missed.

 

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