Step aside Mo, Jacqui’s in town

PHOTO FINISH: Sudbury Town Council deputy clerk Jacqui Howells shows off her medal for completing the Olympic Park Run on Saturday.
PHOTO FINISH: Sudbury Town Council deputy clerk Jacqui Howells shows off her medal for completing the Olympic Park Run on Saturday.

A SUDBURY woman can claim to have crossed the Olympic finishing line before Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis or even the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt.

Jacqui Howells completed the five-mile Olympic Park Run in one hour 15 minutes on Saturday, making her way through the new facilities and culminating in a lap round the Olympic track.

“I was almost in tears as it was such an exciting feeling,” said Mrs Howells, who is deputy clerk at Sudbury Town Council.

“They were playing Chariots of Fire and it gives you a bit of an insight into what the competitors must feel.

“It was the first time a large group has used the facilities – it was amazing.”

Despite having done no training, Mrs Howells finished the distance in support of her son Stuart, 23, who was also selected to be one of the 5,000 runners chosen from 40,000 applicants.

“Stuart is also doing the London Marathon in aid of his colleague’s daughter, who has Rett Syndrome, and he has raised nearly £500,” she said.

For more information or to sponsor Mr Howells, visit www.justgiving.com/runningfordylan2012.