Bath Students Take on the Bath Half in Memory of their Flatmate

On the 21st of February 2021, at the beginning of semester 2, fresher Anthony Evans unexpectedly passed away after suffering from a cardiac arrest. Anthony was described by his friends as “the life and soul of every party” a very caring individual who had “a highly infectious smile”. In order to honour his memory and raise awareness on cardiac related deaths, this year 14 of Anthony’s old flatmates, Will Hassell, Emily Howard, Izzy Reid, Chloe Edwards, Eoifa Fox, Jess Turner, Charis Webb, Joel O’Shea, Gwyn Davies-Murray, Matt Cole, Liv Bolton, Remy Wood, Felix Conway and Megan Hance will be running the Bath Half Marathon for the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). 

CRY is a charity who support young people diagnosed with potentially life threatening cardiac conditions and offer bereavement support to families affected by the loss of their loved ones. CRY also work to support and develop heart screening programmes and fund medical research. As of now, the group of students have managed to raise over £4000, thus beating their fundraising target for the event. 

The students have been using the running app Strava to prepare for the main group which Megan Hance, a 2nd Year Sport and Exercise student has described as being really useful during the preparation period because it has allowed everyone to check their progress and cheer each other on to keep on running. “Strava has made it easier for us to feel motivated particularly because the race has now been postponed 3 times“. For some of the students taking part in the Bath Half in memory of Anthony, running is completely new to them but they are all determined to take on this challenge in memory of their friend. The group of 14 students are also fortunate to be able to train with another one of their flatmates, Candela Ximenez de Olaso, who is also taking part in the event but running for a cancer charity. 

With the event being postponed for a third time, the group of students are using the opportunity to train more and attempt to raise more money for CRY. Donations can be made to support these amazing second years on their running endeavour on their GoFundMe.

Anthony and his flatmates.
Photo by Olivia Bolton.

Everyone at Bath Time would like to wish the students Good Luck and encourage the wider Bath community to donate if they can.

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