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A marathon triumph despite duo's injuries; Mum and son in charity run.

Byline: By JOANNE DOUGLAS News Reporter

A MOTHER and son both ran the London Marathon - despite both being injured.

Honley postmaster Brenda Bodenham ran 26.2miles in seven hours 50 minutes, despite having a sprained ankle and being an asthma sufferer.

Her son Ciaran completed the charity race in five hours 10 minutes, even though he sustained a knee injury ten miles into the race.

Unbeknown to each other, they both applied to run the race in memory of relative Roland Heuvelink.

He was a rugby player for Holland and her husband's brother-in-law. He died of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) in May 2007.

Due to her concerns about her asthma, Mrs Bodenham only told her family weeks before the race that she was due to take part.

It was then she found out her son Ciaran, 21, was also running.

It fired friendly rivalry between the two of them and a determination to raise as much as they could for the PSP Association.

The postmaster, who is due to celebrate her 50th birthday next month, said: "Every year I would watch the start of the London Marathon from the comfort of my bed and think 'maybe one day I will do that' but I believed that my asthma was a major obstacle.

"It really was a concern, the training was especially hard because it had to be done over the winter months.

"But my doctor at Honley Health Centre was fantastic, she monitored me every couple of weeks and gave me lots of advice and support.

"Many people had spoken of the crowd support and wonderful atmosphere, but nothing could have prepared us for the experience.

"It truly was the most amazing and rewarding day of our lives, we were touched by the crowd's sustained support throughout the rain and hail and the occasional spurts of sunshine.

"I said when I finished 'never again'. The day after it was a maybe but now I think I'd love to do it again."

Ciaran is a third year architecture student at Manchester University.

He joined his mother, a postmaster at the Church Street Post Office, Honley, on the starting line but raced ahead of her.

Their efforts have so far raised pounds 1,400 but they want to raise pounds 2,500 for the PSP Association, which supports people with the brain disease.

PSP is a condition that progressively prevents sufferers from walking, talking, eating and drinking.

In the latter stages of the disease, patients are often confined to a wheelchair or are bed-bound and unable to communication, yet remain mentally alert.

The duo hope their marathon effort will go some way to help fund research into the condition and support patients.


TRUE GRIT: London Marathon success for Honley sub-postmaster Brenda Bodenham pictured with her finishers medal and with Ciaran (below) (AC240408run)
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Apr 25, 2008
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