Funeral director completes 10 marathon challenge for charity

Anne Beckett-Allen

Anne Beckett-Allen - Credit: Archant

A funeral director who manages branches in Beccles, Bungay and Halesworth has completed a challenge to run 10 marathons over 10 weeks.

Rosedale Funeral Home are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year and have organised various fundraising events with a view to raising £10,000 for local charities.

And as part of that director Anne Beckett-Allen decided to make her own personal contribution.

She said: “I love participating in endurance events and a couple of years ago I completed an ironman competition so I had to think hard to come up with something that would be challenging, yet could be fitted in around my work at Rosedale and the school runs.”

Mrs Beckett-Allen, who is the director of all of Rosedale Funeral Homes in Norfolk and Suffolk started the challenge with the Bungay Marathon and followed it up with the North Norfolk Marathon at Holkham Hall.

The rest of the marathons were run around the Diss area.

She said: “It was tough, and there were times I really regretted it. I’ve lost a few toenails and had some nasty blisters, but the main problem has just been the cumulative effect on my energy levels and there have been some days I’ve had to go to bed before my children.

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“The weather has been changeable too over the 10 weeks, and I’ve run in torrential rain and blistering heat with the final 12 miles having to be completed on a treadmill so I could be at home with the children.

“I’d like to say I enjoyed every mile, but it just wouldn’t be true – I’m elated to have finished though and have thrown my trainers in the bin.”

The money raised by Mrs Beckett-Allen’s marathon challenge has been pledged to support the Diss Friends of Chernobyl’s Children, a charity that is really close to her heart, as her family have hosted children affected by Chernobyl’s fallout for eight years and have witnessed first-hand the difference that the charity makes to these children.