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Andrew's one-man half-marathon raises £1,000 for Launchpad

A runner who was due to take part in the Reading Half Marathon for charity decided to run his own in his home village when this year's event was postponed.

The event was due to take place on Sunday, but organisers rescheduled it to November due to the covornavirus outbreak.

Andrew Harden Sweetnam, who's an ambassador for the Reading-based homelessness charity Launchpad, had already raised £300 for them so decided to run the distance anyway.

After a chat with his friends on Houseparty, he decided to do twelve laps of his home village of South Stoke - following social distancing guidelines.

The whole village came out to support him from their homes, with people clapping, cheering and playing musical instruments - and he completed the course in 2 hours and 3 minutes.

Andrew said: “I wanted to complete the challenge while I still could and Launchpad needs the funds more than ever especially in such uncertain times and they really do support people most in need. 

"I am still going to run the Reading half marathon at the re-arranged date but was inspired to complete the challenge when I saw how Launchpad has reacted to the coronavirus pandemic by still supporting it’s clients and also running a helpline for the community”.

Andrew's JustGiving page is still open for anyone who wishes to support him further - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/andrew-harden-sweetnam

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