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HONOUR RUN

Her family, and people she’d never met, helped Beckie Watts through her first marathon in memory of her beloved son

INSPIRATION

Alex, Steve, Ciara, Beckie and Ryan at The 401 Festival of Running in August 2017

If my son Alex was still alive, he would have said ‘Well done mum, I’m so proud of you’ with a big cheesy grin when I finished this year’s Brighton Marathon in his honour”, says Beckie Watts, 36, from Bristol. “Even though I’d been running for two years, I hadn’t planned on doing a marathon, but I decided I’d fundraise for CLIC Sargent, a children’s cancer charity I’d been supporting ever since Alex was diagnosed with cancer. When Alex passed away in December 2017 my reasons for running Brighton changed: not only was I doing it for the charity, I was doing it for him too.

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This issue of WR celebrates how crucial, and inspiring, families are to every athlete. Yes, you are an athlete! I’m writing this in the middle of the school summer holidays; my training plans have disintegrated, our house has been swallowed by mess, and my stress levels are higher than I’d like. I defnitely don’t feel like an athlete! Enjoy the issue!