Penarth-based teacher completed half marathon for family after tragedy
1:04pm Tuesday 8th October 2013 in Penarth news
A PENARTH-BASED teacher laced up his running shoes on sun-soaked Sunday (October 6) to support the family of a former pupil, after a tragic loss.
Avid footballer Dominic Broad completed the Cardiff Half Marathon – part of which took place along the streets of Penarth Marina, where Dominic lives – in memory of Jorge James, who died from a rare condition shortly after birth.
Barry Island Primary School teacher, Dominic, who previously played football for Leicester City and West Bromwich Albion but now turns out for Pontypridd Town in the Welsh League, completed the 13.1 mile race in an hour and 48 minutes.
He was joined by eight other Pontyridd players, including assistant manager Damien Broad.
“It's much harder maintaining a pace with a large number of people due to the volume of competitors and the difference in fitness,” Dominic said.
“The crowd were phenomenal and the support we received as a group and individually was inspiring. There were a few moments during the race where someone would want to stop, or walk and the cheers from the crowd would encourage you to keep on running.”
Dominic, 26, has raised more than £3,000 for Jorge so far, along with Jorge’s family and friends.
He received a personal letter from MP Alun Cairns congratulating him.
“I hope that we have helped to raise awareness for the charity and inspired one or two others to help someone in their local community,” he added.
“It certainly has been a popular talking point in my class, they children have been incredibly mature and supportive, and hopefully they have earned the value of charity work.”
Dominic is still accepting donations for Jorge’s family, see www.mycharitypage.com/TeamJorge