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Proud Aarons team complete Running for Romilly challenge at Chester Half-Marathon

19th May, 2016

A team of Chester solicitors who ran the Chester Half-Marathon in memory of Romilly Salisbury has raised over £3,150 for Alder Hey Bereavement Centre.

The Aaron & Partners Aarunners – dispute resolution and insolvency team partners Jan Chillery Belcher and John Devoy, commercial litigation associate David Mann, commercial litigation solicitor Bryony Cook and employment solicitor Katie Dyson – completed the 13.1 mile event on Sunday spurred on by Romilly’s family.

A Justgiving page set up by the Aarunners had received over £3,150 in donations from supporters by 17 May and the team has received other pledges too.

Romilly’s mum Anna is a Dispute Resolution and Insolvency Associate at Aarons. She and her family were supported by the Bereavement Centre at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool following the sudden death of Romilly from viral myocarditis last year, aged just 14 months.

The five Aarunners – plus additional team member Tom Marshall-Bailey – completed in a range of times from 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours 53 minutes.

Jan Chillery Belcher said: “I really enjoyed it, as the weather was lovely and there was great support from the crowd, including Oli the Alder Hey Elephant. It was great to jog along with Katie and have some quality time with a colleague.”

“I was really pleased to finish within two hours,” said David Mann. “Especially as I must confess my training regime had been over-taken by having to install a new kitchen at home!”

John Devoy gave credit to all who took part.

“I’ve always thought that running was an utterly miserable sport to participate in,” he said. “But running the Chester Half Marathon has made me realise that, notwithstanding the vast majority of the 7000 plus runners looking like they agreed with me, they were still prepared to put themselves through it to raise much needed money for good causes.

“All credit to every last one of them, but especially to Aarunners who convinced me to run my first Half. It may not even be my last!”

Fellow Half-Marathon first-timer Katie Dyson said: “I was really excited to reach to the finish line and be presented with my medal in such a great atmosphere with several colleagues cheering us on! Fortunately I booked a spa day for Monday to recover!”

“I am really proud I came in at two hours,” said the final Aarunners debutant Bryony Cook. “I couldn’t have done it without the support of the team and I am so grateful to everyone who came to cheer us on.”

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