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Lizzie Giacon runs for Charity - fact!

When she was at school, Lizzie Giacon's P.E. classes consisted of a walk to the shops; her teachers knew they would never get her to run anywhere so some exercise was better than none.


It is therefore all the more remarkable that she should decide many decades later to partake in a charity run.  No gentle 5k jog, instead a 13.5 mile run with only three months training.  In a show of solidarity her son, Marco; her daughters Francesca and Alessandra (also first-timers) and her son-in-law, Tom, also took part.  The half marathon took place on a beautiful Sunday morning going past Westminster, along the Embankment to Buckingham Palace, into Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens.  Along the way there was strong support lead by Lizzie's husband, Richard Evans (Backhill's former sports correspondent) .  


With the generosity of many family, friends and complete strangers the five raised thousands of pounds for Cancer Research UK and Plan UK.  


If only her P.E. teachers could see her now!


Editors note - An incredible and inspiring feat. Well done Lizzie, Francesca, Alessandra and Marco. If readers woud like to add to the funds raised please visit

Jo Giacon

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