London Marathon 2018: Gidea Park 22-year-old following in dad’s footsteps for Saint Francis Hospice

PUBLISHED: 21:33 21 April 2018 | UPDATED: 21:33 21 April 2018

Andy Brownlie is running the marathon for Saint Francis Hospice. Photo: SFH

Andy Brownlie is running the marathon for Saint Francis Hospice. Photo: SFH


Andy Brownlie has been training six days a week for his first marathon, egged on by the fact that as a boy he watched his father complete the world famous race not once but twice.

The Gidea Park resident admits he has found the training tough at times but is “battling on through the pain” to raise money for a good cause.

The 22-year-old is running for Saint Francis Hospice after they helped care for his grandad, Neil Cronin, before he died of kidney cancer in 2014.

“Having been born and raised in Gidea Park, it is an honour to have the opportunity to raise money for an independent local charity which has cared for loved ones and friends of so many people that I know of,” said Andy.

“I wish to now repay them for the outstanding care they gave to both my grandad, my mum and family during this time.”

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