Clergyman tops £4k run total

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The Archdeacon of Sudbury, whose son has autism, has completed 10 races in a year to raise thousands of pounds to help families affected by the condition.

The Venerable Dr David Jenkins has been entering various 10k races across East Anglia, including Hadleigh and Colchester, since January in order to raise money for Autism Suffolk.

The senior Church of England clergyman even competed in a 10k run while on holiday on the Isle of Mull and has raised between £4,000 and £5,000 for the charity that is close to his heart.

Running with other members of the church and the local community, Dr Jenkins finally completed his challenge at the Dedham Run on Sunday – and is now looking forward to a well-earned rest.

Dr Jenkins, who lives in Great Whelnetham, is married to Sarah with three children, including Ben, 12, who has Asperger’s syndrome.

The 51-year-old said: “My lovely son Ben is autistic and a real gift from God, although an occasionally challenging one.

“We have been very grateful for support from Autism Suffolk and I am committed to repaying some of their kindness.

“It has been a great year and we have all enjoyed the challenge. I am very grateful to all those who have supported me, especially those who have run with me.”

To donate to Dr Jenkins, go to uk.virginmoneygiving.com/davidjenkins9.