Marathon manager clocks up miles for a good cause

March 25, 2022

Protect and Serve sales manager Anthony Armstrong has been putting his best foot forward for charity by beginning a summer of marathon running.

And the 37-year-old father of four started as he means to go on clocking up his first half marathon of the season at Stafford in an impressive time of 1 hour 48.27.

With his place already secured for the TCS London Marathon in October, Ant now plans to cram in as many runs as he can after falling back in love with his favourite sport.

And in recognition of his efforts – often training at 4am to get his runs in before work and family commitments – staff at his office in Gate Lane, Boldmere have been digging deep to support a charity close to the company’s heart.

So far more than £200 has been raised for the Sharon Sewell Foundation set up by friends of a Derbyshire woman left paraplegic after complications during surgery.

Sharon, a former charity campaigner and Derbyshire magistrate, had her life flipped upside down after suffering an aortic aneurism at Glenfield Hospital during surgery to repair a tear in her heart.

To add to her woes, as she fought back from the operation, she contracted covid and faced a long uphill battle to recovery – often alone for weeks in the hospital because of lockdown rules.

Dave Mawson, Anthony’s fellow manager at the home security company, and a friend of Sharon’s said: “Sharon has spent over a year in hospital and her real journey to recovery is only just beginning now she is home.

“She needs a raft of equipment to adapt her home to make life easier and the hard work of Ant and the generosity of our colleagues has not gone unnoticed.”

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