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Iona providing inspiration for a fitness challenge

NEXT Friday Solihull police officers are going head to head with fitness instructors from Tudor Grange Leisure Centre in a 10 hour treadmill race.

NEXT Friday Solihull police officers are going head to head with fitness instructors from Tudor Grange Leisure Centre in a 10 hour treadmill race.

Taking place in the middle of Touchwood Shopping Centre so anyone can watch and cheer on their favourites, the two teams are taking the ultimate fitness challenge to see who can run the furthest, while raising sponsorship money for Brain Tumour UK.

The event has been organised by Sergeant Anne Strachan, whose nine year-old daughter Iona was diagnosed with a brain tumour four years ago. The charity has been offering help and support to the family ever since.

“We are fortunate four years down the line that Iona is still with us. There are many others who are not so fortunate. Brain tumour research is poorly funded by the government and Brain Tumour UK is helping to finance and support vital research,” Sgt Strachan said.

Last year she ran the London Marathon in order to raise funds for the charity, but this time around teams of up to 20 people are involved with every member spending at least 20 minutes on the treadmill.

The duration of the race was set to 10 hours after Iona had to undergo a 10-hour brain operation in 2007. “I wanted to pay tribute to what Iona had to go through in those 10 hours,” explained her mum.

If you would like to sponsor a team email Anne Strachan at a.strachan@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk.

 

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