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Allen family take on half-marathon challenge

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Anthony Allen's wife Lucy is running the Silverstone Half-marathon this Sunday (March 2) as a fundraiser for Action Medical Research.

She will be joined by Rob Hawkins’ wife Sally and Layla May Cyster, Jason Ellingford, Jocelyn Allen and Andrea Poore in the 13-mile run.

“We’re running as ‘Freddie’s Fundraisers’,” says Lucy. “We are by no means 'runners' so it’s a big challenge for most of us, especially a couple of the new mums!”

Anthony and Lucy’s son Freddie was treated with cooling therapy for birth asphyxia and stayed in the neonatal intensive care in Coventry for the first week of his life. Now his parents and friends are keen to show support in return for the quality of care there.

“He is an absolute miracle and incredibly lucky as he has come through unscathed as far as we are aware – all thanks to the treatment he received,” says Lucy. “We call him Super Fred!”

She adds: “We want to raise some awareness and give back to Action Medical Research as they are such an important and amazing charity that helps so many children and babies each year.”

If you would like to support Freddie’s Fundraisers, you can check out the Just Giving page at  http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/freddiesfundraisers

Tigers legend Lewis Moody, meanwhile, is running the London Marathon on Sunday, April 13 in aid Crohn’s and Colitis UK.

World Cup-winner Moody made 223 appearances and won two Heineken Cups and seven Premiership titles during a glittering career at Welford Road and is now an ambassador for Crohn’s and Colitis UK.

He says: “The London Marathon is something I have always wanted to do.

“I am incredibly proud to be running in aid of such a great charity, which is very close to my heart as I am an Ulcerative Colitis sufferer”.

To support Moody, visit his Just Giving page at  http://www.justgiving.com/Lewis-Moody