Taking part in the Great East Run in aid of the My WiSH charity

Ben Oxley has raised £350 for the My WiSH Charity following his participation in the Great East Run, in Ipswich.

The 32-year-old, who took part in his first ever half marathon, completed the course in a time of two hours 14 minutes … finishing a minute before his target time.

Ben, who lives in Osprey Drive, Stowmarket, raised the money for the charity, which supports the West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds, with the cash going to the early pregnancy F14 ward.

For his wife Alanna, 34, a teacher at a primary school in her home town, was treated on the ward following a miscarriage.

“The staff were really brilliant the whole way through the experience,” said Ben, a maintenance manager for a firm in Cambridge. “So it felt like the right thing to do to raise money for the charity.”

Although he came in 1,064th in the run it didn’t put him off his feat and he is now planning to take part in other events to boost the charity and he has registered to take part in next year’s London Marathon.

“I wanted to finish the course in two hours 15 minutes so my time was good. There was close to 3,000 runners taking part and the amount of people cheering you on when your legs were hurting was incredible and running down Portman Road to the finish was an amazing experience.”

Ben Oxley after taking part in the Great East Run.

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