Hale’s Elaine Cannon Runs Half Marathon In Aid Of St Ann’s Hospice

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Elaine Cannon (right) with friend Sarah Nixon Carr after the Gothenburg half marathon

Teacher Elaine Cannon went to Gothenburg for her first race in a poignant tribute to her best friend.

Elaine, from Hale, took part in a half marathon near the home of Jennifer Downes whom she first met as language students in their native Dublin back in the 80s. Jennifer died of bowel cancer in a Swedish hospice in 2008 and since then Elaine, who was bridesmaid at her wedding, has raised money for St Ann’s Hospice.

Elaine said:

“Jen would have celebrated her 50th birthday in June and it’s mine a few weeks later. I wanted to do something special to raise money in her memory and take on a challenge.”

Elaine Cannon (seated) with Jennifer Downes and Jennifer's daughter Ellen in 2007
Elaine Cannon (seated) with Jennifer Downes and Jennifer’s daughter Ellen in 20

“My training was interrupted by my asthma but I managed to complete the course, though I felt a fraud having never been involved in a run before and it felt surreal next to more serious runners. Her local hospice in Gothenburg was amazing with its care and dedication. Hospices worldwide do such a fantastic job and most of them with little state support as they depend on donations and fundraising.”

Elaine, who works at Our Lady of the Rosary RC Primary School, Davyhulme, has raised almost £3,000 from her run. Both she and Jennifer worked at the European Commission in Brussels where her friend met husband Mats.

* To donate go to justgiving.com/fundraising/Elaine-Cannon1

 

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