Unique Sudbury run raises £3,500

TWO friends who completed a unique charity marathon have raised more than £3,500.

Ashley Watts and Jon Hamblin ran 26.2 miles on a route designed by themselves – from Ballingdon to the Black Lion in Long Melford and back three times – to raise funds for the Willow Foundation in memory of their friend Lee Dunford.

Lee died six years ago at the age of 21 following a long battle against cancer. Since his death, LeeStock – a music festival celebrating his life – has been set up to support the foundation, which cares for seriously ill young people.

Ashley and Jon, both 27, have been heavily involved in the event since it began but wanted to push their levels of endurance to the limit for the cause this year.

“The most important thing was that we both managed to finish,” said Ashley, from Sudbury. “Lots of people turned out to support us and that really helped.”

Ashley crossed the finish line outside the White Horse in North Street in five hours and 20 minutes, while Jon came in after six hours and 30 minutes.

The pair say they have smashed their fundraising target of £3,000, with money still coming in.

“It was such a great feeling to finish and we practically sprinted down North Street,” said Ashley.

“We have raised £3,500 so far and have been so impressed by the support we have received.”

LeeStock takes place at AFC Sudbury on June 3.