Hastings run for society man

Alan Triggs and Melissa Ripley running Hastings Half Marathon in aid of St Michael's Hospice
Alan Triggs and Melissa Ripley running Hastings Half Marathon in aid of St Michael's Hospice

BUILDING society worker Alan Triggs will be swapping his shirt and tie for shorts and trainers as he prepares to take on the 2012 Hastings Half Marathon.

Alan, a customer representative at Nationwide in Battle, will run the 13 mile course on March 25 with partner Melissa Ripley.

The last few months have seen the couple training hard for the big race and drumming up plenty of donations for their chosen charity, St Michael’s Hospice.

It will be Alan and Melissa’s second time running the Hastings Half Marathon.

The duo decided to take part in last year’s event in a bid to lose the pounds, rather than raise them.

Alan, who has worked at Nationwide for seven years, said: “In January last year I would not have even run for a bus, even if it was there.

“There was no way I would have done that and Melissa was exactly the same.”

But despite this, the couple trained hard, shedding a stone in weight each before the big day.

Alan said: “Last year was really, really hard.

“We started training in January so we found it almost impossible.

“We are hoping it’s a lot easier this year!”

Alan, 42, and Melissa, 39, take regular five mile runs up Hastings seafront as part of their training and have lost an additional three stone each since last year’s race.

Last year they completed the course in 2hrs 38m and are aiming to cross the finish line within two-and-a-half hours this year.

The couple, who live in Wesley Salmon Close, St Leonards, set themselves a fundraising target of £500.

But thanks in part to generous Nationwide customers, they have already surpassed that.

Alan said: “We want to thank the people of Battle who have supported us.

“We have still got over three weeks to the race and they have put £400 in the box themselves.”

To sponsor Alan and Melissa, visit www.justgiving.com/melissa-alan .