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Long-suffering mum inspires Alexander the Great run

A high achieving south Belfast man has added to his accomplishments have completing the 'Alexander the Great' half marathon in less than two hours while raising over £1,200 for Action MS.

Andrew Dinsmore took on the challenge in honour of his mum who's had MS almost all her adult life.

The 23-year-old former Methodist College pupil, from the Malone Road, is appealing to local people to add to the total by donating via his justgiving page at http://www.justgiving.com/Andrew-Dinsmore

Andrew, who gained a Double First in Law and a quadruple Blue at Cambridge, raised an amazing £1,263.65 for the charity and in a fast time of 1hr 45mins.

The 'Alexander the Great' Half Marathon which took place at Stanwick Lakes, on Sunday June 16, lies in a unique 750acre countryside attraction and nature reserve in the heart of Northamptonshire's Nene Valley.

After the race, a tired Andrew said: "All my life I have seen my mother face up to the effects of this illness and I'm very pleased to have been able to run on behalf of her and Action MS. Having completed the half marathon I am certainly interested in going for the big one and doing a full marathon possibly in the Autumn."

Action MS's aim is to empower people with multiple sclerosis to take control and manage their own lives. Action MS offers a wide range of services and advice free of charge on issues ranging from digital inclusion, reflexology, befriending and free legal advice.

Action MS chief executive Ann Walker, congratulated Andrew on not only running the Alexander the half marathon but also in posting such a quick time. "More importantly, I must thank Andrew for his equally successful fundraising. It takes dedication and hard work to achieve so much. Action MS receives no government or statutory funding and we simply could not continue to offer our services without the support and generosity of people like Andrew and his family and friends, going the extra mile to help others."

She added: "Northern Ireland has the second highest incidence of multiple sclerosis in the world, and there are presently thousands of families across the region living with this illness. So the money raised goes to fund vital services which are being delivered throughout south Belfast."

Action MS is urging locals to take up the Walk the Walk' challenge, which takes place from Friday to Sunday, September 6-8, to the top of Helvellyn in the Lake District. This year's 15km walk is open to ramblers over the age of 18 and at all levels of fitness. Participants are asked to raise a minimum of £450 in order to participate. All coach transport and accommodation is provided. Further information from Patricia on 907 907 07 or visit www.actionms.co.uk

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