The store manager of Specsavers Cardigan has raised more than £200 for a multiple sclerosis charity by running the Cardiff Half Marathon for the third time.

Best foot forward

Rowena Greasley, who is also the store’s dispensing optician, ran the race in three hours and five minutes in support of her colleague and friend, Sian Parry-Jones, who lives with the condition.

By running the race for the third time, she raised £202 for the MS Society, which offers practical and emotional support to those affected by multiple sclerosis and invests in research to find treatments for the condition.

‘I entered the Cardiff Half Marathon to push myself but, just as importantly, to raise awareness of a worthwhile charity,’ Rowena says. ‘Sian is an inspiration to us all, and we see every day how she manages her condition and the support she has from the charity. That’s why I was so adamant to complete this challenge and raise money in the process.’

A good cause

Ms Greasley’s 13.1-mile run wasn’t the store’s first athletic success in aid of the charity. Staff raised nearly £1,000 for the MS Society last year by collectively walking 5,000 miles.

Speaking about her colleagues’ achievements, the store’s director, Heledd Hallett, adds: ‘Supporting organisations that positively contribute to our community is important to us all at the store, as Rowena’s efforts demonstrate. Fortunately, we can always count on our customers to get behind our fundraising efforts.

‘The MS Society provides vital services for many families across our region, including Sian’s, and I am glad that we have been able to show our support to them.’

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