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DRWF Fundraising: Harry and Ed run half marathon in memory of grandfather

DRWF Fundraising: Harry and Ed run half marathon in memory of grandfather

Brothers raise £800 for DRWF at Chester Half Marathon.

Published: Jun 13, 2019
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Brothers Ed and Harry Peel recently completed the Chester Half Marathon in memory of their grandfather Don Cocklin, who lived with type 2 diabetes.

Ed and Harry chose to support DRWF for the 13.1 mile run in May – and raised £800.

In a joint statement Ed and Harry said: “We, the Peel brothers, ran the Chester Half Marathon for DRWF in memory of our Grandpa, Don Cocklin, whose life was affected by diabetes.

“Please help us raise money to support, advise and educate people living with diabetes, and ultimately find a cure. Any donation towards this great cause would be much appreciated.

“We are extremely pleased to have raised £800 for a great cause and appreciate all the support we have received from DRWF throughout.”

Ed and Harry Peel's grandfather Don Coklin

Ed said: “Our Grandpa was born and raised in Sheffield and, having completed his National Service with the RAF, spent most of his professional life as an insurance manager in the Stockton area.

“He loved to talk, about everything and anything, always having a passion for politics and military history. He lived through the Second World War bombings in Sheffield as a nine-year-old boy, and used to recall being excited about sheltering from the air raids! He suffered with type 2 diabetes for a number of years.”

Ed added: “Harry and I are both in the legal profession - Harry is a property lawyer in London and I am a trainee solicitor in Leeds. We are originally from Chester where our parents and sister (when she’s not at university) live.”

DRWF Chester Half Marathon fundraisers Ed and Harry Peel

A competitive element to the challenge of course was to determine which of the siblings could complete the course first – with Harry edging the ‘battle of the brothers’ by around 6 minutes.

Ed was not too downhearted about that, as he beat his own target for the run: “We ran together for the first 3 miles, however Harry managed to gradually create a gap and finish strongly. I was personally very pleased to beat my target of 1 hour 50 minutes.

“We were both surprised how difficult the last mile or so was, as the end of the race was uphill all the way. We were lucky to have near perfect running conditions, and it was great to run through the city’s landmarks with lots of local support.”

Donations can be made on the JustGiving page
To find out more about Fundraising for DRWF please visit here
To discuss any other fundraising ideas please contact us email fundraising@drwf.org.uk, or call 023 9263 6608
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