100-mile run? That’s no problem for Andy

Andy Pittman
Andy Pittman
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From: Simon Hart <southsea2006@yahoo.co.uk>

Even though George V proclaimed all German titles were to be given up by his family a century ago (July 17 1917), there is still physical evidence in our city of the Germanic royal house that once existed. Two commemoration stones relating to members of the royal house previous to the House of Windsor are so readily a part of the fabric of our daily lives but are probably in the most part overlooked.

A walk along Queen Street and on the corner with Aylward Street will present a building with a foundation stone that was laid by HRH Princess Henry of Battenberg in 1912. This was the married title of Queen Victoria's daughter Beatrice which was relinquished on 14 July 1917. From 17 July 1917 she was known as HRH the Princess Beatrice.

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A dad ran a mammoth 100 miles over 26 hours to raise money for a boy with brain cancer.

Andy Pittman is a seasoned runner, having run 43 marathons over the past four years, but he had never run more than 33 miles at once.

Five-year-old Oscar Kerley, from Cosham

Five-year-old Oscar Kerley, from Cosham

But he decided to take on the 100-mile challenge after being touched by the bravery of five-year-old Oscar Kerley, who is a friend of the family.

Oscar, who lives in Cosham, was struck down with cancer in August last year, shortly before he was due to return to his second year at school.

He was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumour and has endured many months of radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

The 40-year-old dad of one took on the challenge at Samphire Hoe, a nature reserve near Dover on Saturday.

Andy ran 27 laps of the course, cheered on by his partner, Sophie Cresswell, who joined him for 39 miles.

He completed it in 26hrs 20mins, starting at 8am on Saturday and finishing 10.20am the following day.

Every mile was sponsored by people from across the area and Andy has raised £2,000 so far.

Andy, who works in finance and lives in Coronation Road, Waterlooville, said: ‘It was such an euphoric feeling when I completed it and it’s an amazing achievement for me, but most importantly it’s great the amount of money that has been raised for Oscar.

‘I started off in good time and had got to 50 miles at around 14 hours, but later on I got an injury in my left knee so had to walk parts of it. I did the last couple of laps hobbling.’

Andy celebrated completing the run with a stop-off at McDonald’s on the way home and a cider when he got back.

He said: ‘The support I have had, especially on Facebook, was incredible. My sister updated the Facebook page we had set up and there were people staying up at night monitoring my progress. I’d like to thank the generosity of all the people who supported not only to me but also Oscar.’

To find out more visit crowdfunding.justgiving.com/OscarsArmy