Janette: ‘I’ll run marathon in memory of dad’

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Brighouse woman Janette Lever-Smith is running the London Marathon next month in memory of her father, Trevor, who died in a tragic accident in November.

Janette, operations director at Avocet Dye and Chemical Co, had just been told that she had won a place in the annual marathon when Trevor, a keen cyclist, died of head injuries after falling off his bike.

“He was so excited about it and I know he would have been down in London cheering me on,” said Janette.

“Now I am going to try my hardest to raise as much money as possible in his memory.

“I’m sure it will be a very emotional day but all the family will be there for support.”

Janette, aged 44, will be tackling the 26-mile route through London with her cousin, Lucy Smith, 39, who lives in north Yorkshire.

As part of her training, Janette has joined a running club in Brighouse and is now increasing the miles so that she will be sure of completing the distance on April 21. As well as being a veteran cyclist, Trevor Lever was an enthusiastic runner and had taken part in many Great North Runs and other 10k events.

He died after falling from his bike at Godley Lane, Halifax, while cycling back from the Valley of Lights celebration in Mytholmroyd.

Janette will also be running in memory of her sister, Kate Lever, who died of meningitis at the age of 12 thirty years ago. “So far we have raised £4,200 for the Meningitis Trust through many fund-raising events and our target is £5,000.

“I have been contacting my friends and business contacts for sponsorship. It would be great to hit our target for dad.

“I’ve been trying to run about 40 miles a week and I’ve been feeling it a bit in my ankles but I am determined I am going to do this.

“The last few months have been difficult and not having dad around still feels surreal to us as a family.”

To sponsor Janette and Lucy log on to virginmoneygiving.com and follow the link to janetteandlucy2013

Sponsor forms and donation tins are also at Total Works in Hipperholme, VS Cycles in Brighouse and at Bailiff Bridge Community Centre. “Thank you to them for their kind support,” said Janette.