Worthing grandmother’s race in memory of grand-daughter

Helen Hancorn and Paul Lelliott completed the Great South Run in Portsmouth in October, 2012. They are both from Worthing.
Helen Hancorn and Paul Lelliott completed the Great South Run in Portsmouth in October, 2012. They are both from Worthing.

A newly-converted runner has completed a 10-mile race in memory of her grand-daughter, who died from meningitis.

Helen Hancorn tackled the Great South Run in Portsmouth at the end of last month, as a tribute to 13-month-old Mariah Dunk, who died in December, 2009. It was also to raise money for Meningitis UK.

Helen, 46, ran with her friend, Paul Lelliott, 48, also from Worthing, and they completed it in one hour and 44 minutes.

She said: “I had never been a runner, but soon after Mariah died, I did a 13-mile walk for Meningitis UK.

“After that, a friend said if we can do the walk, why don’t we do a marathon, so in April last year I did the Brighton Marathon.

“That took me more than six hours, but I decided to sign up for this Great South Run, which is 10 miles, and I was really happy with my time.”

For the full story, see the Worthing Herald, dated November 15.