Local runner Richard records impressive PB in half-marathon, and raises money for charity
9:32am Tuesday 8th October 2013 in News
DINAS Powys runner Richard Jackson-Hookins finished an impressive 179th place out of 19, 000 runners in the Cardiff Half Marathon on the weekend.
Penarth and Dinas Runners club member Richard, 32, also raised more than £300 for the Little Hearts Matter charity by taking part in the 13.1mile race.
Richard, running in his third half marathon, took nine minutes off his time from last year and achieved a personal best (PB) by nearly 30 seconds with 1.20.56.
He decided to raise money for the Little Hearts Matter charity after a relative of his was born with a heart condition.
“He's a lovely little boy aged five called David that unfortunately has had many major health problems from birth,” said Richard.
“Little Hearts Matter has helped David and his family through some difficult times and as a result little David has been nothing but smiles along the way.”
Little Hearts Matter is a national charity that offers support and information to anyone affected by the diagnosis of a single ventricle heart condition. It works to raise awareness of the needs of these children and their families.
Richard, who is set to run the London Marathon next year after securing a ballot place, added that he enjoyed the half marathon.
“It was a great course and it was good to see some familiar faces along the route too,” he said.
“I loved it and can’t wait to do it again next year.”
Richard, who ran the Cardiff Half Marathon last year in aid of the homeless charity Huggard Centre, added that he was “over the moon” to get a PB during the race.
“I hit my target of getting under one hour 21 minutes so was really happy,” he said.
“I stopped my watch when I crossed the finish line and thought I’d made it, but it wasn’t until I got a text with my time that I knew I had done it.”
You can still sponsor Richard at www.justgiving.com/richard-jackson-hookins