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‘I’m running to


honour brilliant Jen’ A


woman from Leavesden is preparing to run 13.2 miles in memory of a late friend she


described as ―one of life‘s great personalities‖. Diane Allan is set to pound the pavements in


central London in October to raise money for a charity which helped Jen Grinham who died aged 69 having fought Motor Neurone Disease for more than three years. Diane, 41, got into running by accident. She


said: ―I blame my dog Ella for getting me running. If she hadn‘t have ruptured her cruciate ligaments in both her back legs I‘d still be walking her for a couple hours a day and considering that as my daily exercise. ―So from last October, with no dog to keep me c omp a n y , I t o o k up running instead, with the Abbots-based women- only running club, UCanjog2. She said: ―I‘ve done a few 5kms and 10kms but never


a half-marathon. I wanted to challenge myself further and raise money at the same time for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. One of my mum‘s oldest and closest friends, Jen was diagnosed with this awful disease in July 2008, and very sadly passed away in May 2011. ―Jen was one of


l i f e ‘ s g r e a t personalities. Always up for a laugh and a party, generous, caring and the most positive woman I have been lucky enough to know.‖ Businesswoman Diane, will be running the


the way. She gave me the idea, inspiration and more importantly the motivation to do this challenge.‖


by Jerry Lyons


Jen Grinham (below) will be remembered by Diane Allan.


Royal Parks Half Marathon in central London on Sunday, October 9, and is aiming to raise £1,500. She added: ―Jen will be with me every step of


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