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Thea Davies’ 415 mile challenge continues with the Great North Run

Date
18 October 2013 15:55

In October 2012 Thea began her quest to run 415 miles in memory of her fallen partner. While completing this feat, Thea is collecting funds for Captain Healey’s favourite charity, Blind Veterans UK.

On the 26th May 2012, Thea Davies' life changed radically and irreversibly.

On that Saturday like no other, her partner, Captain Stephen Healey, died while on a routine vehicle patrol in the Helmand province in Afghanistan.

Captain Healey was serving with the 1st Battalion Royal Welsh.

Losing a loved one in a foreign land in the middle of an armed conflict was devastating for Thea and her family.

A former semi-professional footballer, Captain Healey was the 415th fallen soldier since the operation in Afghanistan started in October 2001.  He was an active supporter of Blind Veterans UK because of the extended support the charity gives to soldiers blinded or visually-impaired during action.

Bravely, Thea turned the fatal figure into an iconic number.

In October 2012 she began her quest to run 415 miles in memory of her fallen partner.  While completing this feat, Thea is collecting funds for Captain Healey's favourite charity, Blind Veterans UK.

She has already run 15 marathons or half-marathons all over the UK.  Between March and April 2013 she even took part in the marathons in Rome and Paris.

She now has just 3 final challenges to go before completing the 415 miles she planned to run.

On the 15th September 2013, Thea will be taking on her next challenge: the Great North Run.  Thea will be energised further by the fact that the Great North Run is taking place just 4 days before Captain Healey would have turned 30.

Ever the energetic runner and fundraiser, Thea has already surpassed her target of raising £10,000 for Blind Veterans UK.