Mission Accomplished! Research Autism's Chairman runs the Helsinki marathon

Release date 21 August 2006

Our chairman, Geoffrey Maddrell, completed a hot and hilly Helsinki Marathon on Saturday 19 August to raise just under £24,000 for Research Autism. Originally entered for the Edinburgh marathon in June, a bout of shingles forced Geoffrey to pull out with a week to go. He immediately made plans to enter Helsinki and had to repeat most of the gruelling training including two 20 mile training runs. Geoffrey said: " Notwithstanding my gruelling experience in the Helsinki marathon, I would strongly recommend the joys, challenges and benefits derived from training for and running a marathon, especially for such a wonderful cause. In my case I should probably have heeded advice and not started running so soon after a bout of shingles!"

Research Autism's Director of Research, Richard Mills said, "This is a magnificent effort. Geoffrey is a real inspiration to us all. To complete such an event in adverse conditions and whilst still unwell is remarkable.

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Bernard Fleming, Information Manager, Tel. 020 3490 3091, email info@researchautism.net

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Research Autism is the only UK charity dedicated to the production of quality, trusted information on autism treatments and other approaches. Its Information Centre is informed by world experts and accredited by the NHS Information Standard, an independent kite-mark of reliability and quality. It guides people through the minefield of interventions on offer, allowing them to make informed decisions based on impartial, factual information, including risks and hazards. Its research programme is derived from the priorities of autistic people and families and addresses areas that affect everyday life. 

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