Friends running the extra mile for Christie

ON THE MOVE Amy Butler cheered on by friends. Inset with sister Christie
ON THE MOVE Amy Butler cheered on by friends. Inset with sister Christie
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IT WAS a wet and windy day on Southsea seafront – perfect weather for running a relay.

Amy Butler and her friends had planned to run 40 miles along the promenade in a tag team in memory of Amy’s sister Christie.

Amy Butler with sister Christie

Amy Butler with sister Christie

The 19-year-old died of a brain tumour in 2010 and the motivation of running for other young people in her position meant the friends doubled their target.

Amy, 23, from Waterlooville, has spent the past two years raising money for the Samantha Dickson Trust and has done everything from cake sales and charity gigs to mountain climbing to bring the total up to £19,000.

She said: ‘It went amazingly well – perfect.

‘We started running from Clarence Pier at 11am and most of us did two miles each ending at the Pitch and Putt course in Eastney.

‘But one of my friends Lee Kemp is an experienced runner and didn’t think two miles was enough so he did 20 miles as he wanted to stretch himself.

‘We were amazed. But that spurred my boy mates on to do four each rather than three.

‘It was windy and cold and we all joked Southsea sea front was more treacherous than climbing Ben Nevis.

‘When we did that there was warm sunshine.

‘But in fact it was perfect weather for running as it was hot work.

‘I thought about Christie constantly, we all did. A lot of my close friends have known me since I was a little girl so knew Christie well too. My cousins also took part so the thought of Christie really spurred us on.’

Amy will continue her fundraising for research into the biggest cancer killer of young people.

A spokesman for the charity said: ‘We are really grateful for Amy and her family’s efforts, which we know were inspired by the devastating loss of Christie. Only one per cent of cancer research funding goes on brain tumours.’

Sponsor Amy at justgiving.com/relayrun.