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Fersfield couple complete 121 miles run for Mental Health UK




A Fersfield couple have completed the gruelling task of running 195km – 121 miles – between March and October to raise vital funds for a national charity.

Parkrunners Michael Harper and Amanda Thomson put themselves to the test by running 5km around 39 UK coastal holiday parks for Mental Health UK, following the death of Michael’s brother, Darin, in late 2017.

The pair, who live in The Street, only took up running last year as part of community running group Garboldisham Foxtrotters.

Michael Harper and Amanda Thomson put themselves to the test by running 5km around 39 UK coastal holiday parks. Picture by Mecha Morton.
Michael Harper and Amanda Thomson put themselves to the test by running 5km around 39 UK coastal holiday parks. Picture by Mecha Morton.

“Exercise is important for so many health reasons, not just mental health,” said Amanda, 52.

“We could have chosen to support any health-related charity, but we chose Mental Health UK because November 2018 marked the anniversary of Darin’s premature death after struggling with mental health issues.”

The pair chose Haven holiday parks because their company, Avani Solutions, based in Riddlesworth, supplies 22 of Haven’s parks with draught beer cellar services.

Michael and Amanda’s aim was to involve as many people as possible and they encouraged holidaymakers, holiday home owners and team members to join them on their runs.

Michael, 45, said: “The Haven teams have been really supportive.

“Everyone has their own reasons for running and, while mine is a way to remember my brother, it has also become an incredible way to connect with other people – and to get fit, of course.”

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The duo completed their 5km runs at the 39 Haven holiday parks, concluding at Caister-On-Sea on October 12 – running the equivalent of four-and-a-half marathons.



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