07 Oct 2015

Jim takes pride in half marathon success

 Jim at Finish

Most of us would agree that running a half marathon in around two hours and fifteen minutes is a pretty decent achievement.

And that’s especially so if the runner happens to be a 17 stone ex-rugby forward fast approaching his 57th birthday.

So congratulations must go to Jim Regan who clocked that time when he completed the Intersport Run Reigate Half Marathon in September.

Jim took part in the 13.1 mile race along with friends and family in memory of his son, Ben, who was tragically killed last June in a hit and run incident, aged 20.

Ben was a proud member of the Coldstream Guards and had Trooped the Colour in London only a week before he died.

But it was Jim’s own pride in Ben that motivated him to train for the half marathon and raise money for Dorking Rugby Football Club (a registered charity) and the Coldstream Guards.

Love of rugby

Explains Jim: “I’ve played or coached at Dorking for more than forty years now and Ben played there too. His two loves were rugby and the army so I was thrilled that a number of his fellow Coldstreamers did Run Reigate along with me. I have to say the training has proved to be a great help in the healing process.”

Jim used BT MyDonate to help raise money for his and Ben’s rugby club. He has more than doubled his original fundraising target on MyDonate.

Very helpful

“BT MyDonate is just the job for me. I nearly went for another service but because MyDonate is commission free it seemed entirely sensible to use it. What’s more, the staff were brilliant when I needed a bit of help.”

Jim has set his sights on running the Reigate half in 2016 and crossing the finishing line in under two hours.

Says Jim: “I’ll be there again next year, and every year after that, running for my son Ben.”

Ben at finish of run  
Jim just finished

Jim and Ben 

Jim and Ben 

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