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Willington man runs in memory of heart attack dad

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 23, 2014

By Rob Helliwell

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A MAN will run a half marathon in memory of a father of four whose life was tragically cut short by heart disease.

Ben Quain hopes to raise money for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) in memory of Tony Lander, a father and husband to a Hatton-based family.

An employee at Burton firm Pirelli for more than 25 years, Tony passed away suddenly at Christmas in 2002.

His widow Stephanie Lander said: "We are very touched that Ben is running for the BHF.

"Tony died suddenly aged 45 on his first day back at work after Christmas, we had no indication that there was any problem.

"Heart attacks can happen without warning and can have devastating consequences, but research is going on all the time so hopefully more people will survive heart disease.

"Ben is a friend of all the family and has seen first-hand the impact Tony's loss has had on us all, and we are so proud he has chosen to run for the BHF."

Tony's death left his four young children, Abby, Charlotte, Megan and Josh without a father, and Stephanie has admirably raised them alone ever since.

Mr Quain said: "I wanted to raise as much money and awareness as possible for the BHF, and I can't think of better inspiration than Steph and her family.

"The family are not just an inspiration to run the 13 miles, but in life too. The way they have responded to losing a husband and a father in 2002 is incredible."

The 25-year-old from Willington is running the Robin Hood Half Marathon in Nottingham on September 28, and has set a target of raising £250.

Mr Quain is aiming to complete the run in a target time of one hour 50 minutes, although would not be disappointed with any time under two hours.

This is his first ever half marathon, having only previously completed races at the 10k distance.

He added: "Running 13 miles is a big step up from the previous distances that I have run.

"My training is going well, I'm pretty much back up to speed after a few knocks, and I am very much looking forward to crossing the finish line."

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/BenQuain.

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