Bexhill’s Jennie heads to Big Apple for marathon

Jennie Cunliffe
Jennie Cunliffe

A runner from Bexhill is taking part in the New York Marathon on Sunday (November 1) in memory of her father.

Jennie Cunliffe decided to compete in the race in aid of St Leonards-based St Michael’s Hospice, which looked after her dad, Rick, when he was ill with cancer.

He died on March 29 last year, aged 64, just 11 days before his 65th birthday.

So far Jennie has raised almost £1,200 in sponsorship but would love to raise as much as possible for the hospice.

She said: “Cancer touches the lives of so many people. Every one of us will probably have been affected by it at some time in our lives, either directly or through a family member or friend.

“St Michael’s Hospice provided care to Rick and support to the family at a very difficult time. It provides this to so many people. Having had the troubles with the recent fire, the hospice is in need of our support more than ever.”

She said she had been ‘overwhelmed’ by the generosity of family and friends in her fundraising efforts.

Jennie ran Gekko Street Surfers for 12 years, before recently embarking on a new career with Hastings Direct.

She is a committee member and organiser of the Bexhill Horse Show. In 2012, against stiff competition, she qualified to take her horse, Dudoso, back to his home town of Seville to compete in the World Spanish Horse Championships.

Jennie started running in 2010 and has run the Hastings Half Marathon four times.

She hoped to run the London Marathon but so far has not been successful in gaining entry, so set her sights on New York, flying out yesterday (Thursday) to the Big Apple ready for the race.

If anyone would like to donate, they can visit Jennie’s JustGiving page at

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