Racing in memory of her partner
Thea Davies will be running the full Bermuda Triangle Challenge in memory of her partner Steve Healey, a British Army captain who was killed last year while serving in Afghanistan.
Her three events, the mile, 10K and marathon, will be part of her target to race 415 miles within a year to honour Capt Healey, who was the UK’s 415th military casualty in Afghanistan. She will also be raising money for the charity Blind Veterans UK. One of Capt Healey’s comrades was blinded in a 2010 incident, which led to him support the charity.
Another reason for running races is to keep herself busy and help her through the emotions of losing her partner. Davies has run a few races before, including a marathon two years ago with her partner. She is now pushing herself to go further, including running five marathons over the space of five weeks this coming April. Among the marathons will be the big city events in London and Paris. She is also preparing to run an ultra-marathon in Salisbury, England.
Davies chose to come to Bermuda after doing an internet search for a marathon in January.
“I wanted to go abroad because last year was a bad year and I thought it would be good to go away, but it had to be somewhere that I could run,” she said. The running weekend was a perfect choice offering a warm location and the chance to do three races.
Miss Davies, 30, will not be alone when she comes to Bermuda. She will have the encouraging support of her mother Pamela, and she’ll be running with Major Ed Hill, who was her partner’s Company commander and a good friend. Major Hill, currently in Washington DC, decided to join in the race weekend because of Bermuda’s proximity to his current posting. Davies is delighted that she will be running alongside one of her partner’s former comrades.
Capt Healey was 29 when he was killed last May after a roadside bomb exploded beneath the vehicle he was travelling in. He served with the 1st Battalion, The Royal Welsh. Capt Healey was also a former professional footballer for Swansea City Football Club in Wales.
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