Liz battles injury to finish race in tribute to Tommy

Liz Atherton

Liz Atherton

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FUND-RAISING in memory of a much-missed Wigan Athletic fan is now well past the starter’s orders stage!

In fact Liz Atherton is well on the way to achieving her personal cash goal in memory of brother-in-law Tommy Berry who was killed while out cycling in March this year.

The Standish resident is raising money, with other members of her family for the road safety charity, Brake, including previously holding a sponsored cycle ride.

And Liz fought through the pain barrier as she completed the Chester marathon along with 5,000 other runners last weekend.

Liz said: “It all went well up until I had done 18 miles. My ankles were playing up and so I ended slower than I had originally anticipated but it was such a big relief when I had finished.

“I had a bath as soon as I got home I was absolutely exhausted. It’s all for a good cause though so I don’t mind.

“I was inspired by my niece, Sarah, who was amazing with the bike ride she did earlier on in the year. She does it so effortlessly!

“I’m well on the way to my target of £1,000 now so I’m really happy.

“The support, guidance and advice that we received from Brake was invaluable and they have been instrumental in aiding our on-going grieving process.”

Tommy’s daughter, Sarah Berry, is currently in training with her partner, John Boland, for the London Marathon next April.

Sarah said: “She did really well. Her ankles were bleeding so she ran for a while hobbling but she did it for my dad and I’m so proud of all the support she’s given.

“All of the family is so close and we’re all doing everything we can to raise money for such a worthwhile cause in memory of dad.”

Rich Andrew, Brake’s senior development officer, said “Brake is extremely grateful to Liz, Sarah and all the family and friends of Tommy for supporting Brake through their generous fund-raising efforts.

“The funds raised will help Brake to continue supporting people affected by road crashes and spreading life-saving road safety messages.

“If you too would like to fundraise for Brake please contact us to discuss events that you can enter.”

To sponsor the family visit http://www.justgiving.com/Sarah-Berry1.