A pair of keen runners from Sudbury have completed the Malta Half Marathon in memory of a “much-loved” woman.
Charlie DeBono – whose mother-in-law, Doreen Bacon, died from a stroke in October – and friend Anthony Scott have teamed up to run the race for the last few years.
After the sudden loss of Mrs Bacon, the two decided to run in her memory.
“It was a massive shock for my wife and our daughters when we lost Doreen,” said Charlie.
“We wanted to dedicate the run to Doreen’s memory and was keen to raise some money to help other families.”
Charlie said it was a spur-of-the-moment decision to run the race for charity and, within three days, the pair had raised £680 for the Stroke Association.
It was the fifth time Charlie had done the race, and he hopes to run again next year.
The 52-year-old crossed the finish line in just over two hours, while Anthony, 42, finished in a time of one hour and 39 minutes.
While Britain was suffering some of the wettest weather in memory, the pair ran in 18 degrees in Malta.
“It made it a little bit harder,” added Charlie.