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Fiancée runs in memory of Market Lavington horse trainer
10:00am Friday 13th September 2013 in News
From left, Becca Cross, Victoria Craig and Meg Maidment with the T-shirts they will be wearing during Bristol Half Marathon. Jo Minto is not pictured
The fiancée of horse trainer James Roberts, who died in a car crash last year, is running the Bristol Half Marathon in his memory and to raise money for two charities.
James’s fiancée, Victoria Craig, 28, of Easterton, will take part in the event on Sunday along with her friends Becca Cross, 26, and Jo Minto, 27, both of Market Lavington, and Meg Maidment, 25, of Devizes.
Mr Roberts, 32, of Market Lavington, was killed in a head-on collision with a car while driving on the A345 near Manningford Abbots last November.
He was an internationally renowned horse trainer in the Parelli system and he and his fiancée had their own equestrian yard at Easterton Sands, which Miss Craig still runs.
Mr Roberts was a strong supporter of the Wiltshire Air Ambulance after it had airlifted him to hospital when he came off a young horse in 2010. Before he died, he had raised £6,000 for the charity.
Miss Craig and her friends are running the Bristol Half Marathon to raise money for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance. Miss Craig is also raising money for RoadPeace, a national charity that provides practical and emotional support to road crash victims and campaigns for justice for victims.
Miss Craig said: “RoadPeace helped me a lot in a time where everything was still so overwhelming and I was dealing with the huge loss of James. Losing a loved one in this way, where one minute they are so happy and healthy and the next minute they are gone, can only be described as totally unimaginable.
“It’s so sudden and, because he was taken so quickly through no fault of his own and there was nothing he could do, it is hard to find any peace out of the situation.”
Neither Miss Craig or her friends have run a half marathon before but they have been training for the past six months and are determined to complete it.
So far they have raised £1,700 and would like to raise at least £3,000.
Miss Craig said: “I think James would probably think we were all mad doing the Bristol Half Marathon, but I think he would be happy as well.”
SewFantastic, embroiderers from Market Lavington, have made them T-shirts for the race featuring the charity logos and a picture of Mr Roberts on a horse.
There is a collection bucket at the bar of the Royal Oak in Easterton. Donations can also be made online at https://www.justgiving.com/teams/thedisciples
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