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Hundreds run Belfast Marathon in memory of teacher Christopher Colhoun

By David Young

More than 460 people ran yesterday's marathon in memory of Tyrone teacher Christopher Colhoun - who died tragically earlier this year - raising tens of thousands of pounds for the school he loved.

The fundraising total is expected to reach around £50,000 when all pledges are tallied. The runners - some from as far away as America - had got behind a campaign by Christopher's widow, Lisa, to raise money for Donaghmore Primary School, where she and her late husband worked.

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Pomeroy man, Christopher (33), who was a member of Tyrone's 2007 McKenna Cup panel, died on the day his wife was to begin teaching in the same school. He died suddenly a day after being taken into hospital with complications from a bout of flu.

After her husband's death in January, Lisa decided she would run the Belfast Marathon in his memory - the first marathon she had ever undertaken.

"It was a fantastic day all round," Lisa's father, Sean, said yesterday after the race ended.

"The turnout was great - it's been a massive lift for everyone.

"Losing Christopher had really knocked us all for six. I didn't realise just in how much esteem he was held by so many people."

Lisa ran the full 26 mile marathon in tribute to her late husband.

"It took her nearly five hours, but she was determined to do it for him - and she did," her father said.

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Posted by Belfast Telegraph on Monday, May 7, 2018

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