Runner Chris raises over £3,000 for charity

By Community Reporter Rebeca Castineira

A Knowle West fitness enthusiast has raised over £3,000 for charity this year after taking part in two major runs.

Chris Copeland (53) recently completed the London Marathon followed by the Bristol 10k in May – and now plans to run the Bristol Half Marathon in September.

He says: “Running is a passion and keeps me fit and slim… I don’t want to sit and watch TV”.

That’s why he has been training up to five days a week since 2006, when he ran his first Half Marathon in Bristol.

Since then he has never looked back – running to work at Asda in Bedminster in only 15 minutes – and then training for a further hour every night.

His training has paid off and he ran the London Marathon in 3 hours, 37 minutes and 52 seconds – coming 5,975th out of 35,000 participants.

Chris says he ‘feels proud’ he can use his hobby to help others – raising sponsorship for charity since he started and for Breast Cancer since 2012.

He explains: “After work I spend two hours at Asda collecting money for the charity.”

He intends to keep running and says his regime includes pasta before a race and a bowl of cereal every night.

“I watch what I eat, I never drink or smoke and don’t have a car so walk everywhere. I would say to others wanting to do it to train gradually and run with somebody else – or with me if you could keep up with me!”