Widow’s marathon challenge

AN inspirational mum whose husband died in 2001 is preparing to pound the streets of London to support war widows.

Janine Fountain will take on this weekend’s London Marathon to raise money for the Army Widows’ Association (AWA).

ndet 98544 Temple Normanton Army Widow In London Marathon. Janine Fountain with daughter Olivia.

ndet 98544 Temple Normanton Army Widow In London Marathon. Janine Fountain with daughter Olivia.

The charity supported Janine when she was at her “lowest ebb” after her husband, Steve, died aged 24.

Janine, 40, of Sutton View, Temple Normanton, said: “I want to help this wonderful charity so other grieving widows have someone to turn to during those dark days.”

The AWA offers counselling and support to those whose military loved ones have died in a variety of circumstances, not just in conflict.

Steve was strangled to death after he tried to break up a fight in Poole, Dorset, where he was based.

Tearful Janine said: “He was a fantastic person who absolutely adored the army.

“Everybody loved Steve.”

Janine, who works as a volunteer for the AWA alongside her full-time job at the Sheffield coroners’ office, said she was “very emotional” about tomorrow’s 26-mile challenge.

She added: “I’ll be representing all those who aren’t here – including Steve – as well as the grieving widows and families.

“I’m running for all of them – they will be my strength – and I hope to do the AWA proud.”

Janine, who has spent the past 14 weeks training for the gruelling race, hopes to raise about £3,000 for the AWA.

She aims to complete the run in under five hours and will be cheered on by representatives of the charity and her nine-year-old daughter, Olivia.

To sponsor Janine, go to www.justgiving.com/janinefountain.

For more information about the AWA, visit www.armywidows.org.uk.

Read about other runner’s taking part in tomorrow’s marathon in this week’s Derbyshire Times.

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