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“This one is for James Corfield”

Created on 06/08/2017 @ 13:52
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It was an emotional moment for Forden’s Andy Davies after he finished a credible 31st in the marathon for Team GB at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in London this afternoon.

The Newtown college lecturer crossed the line in just under two hours 18 minutes to prove his worth among some of the best long distance runners in the world.

But it was his social media post (right) minutes before the start that stirred emotion with Andy unveiling a blue heart on his arm and writing the dedication “This one is for James Corfield”.

As we all know, that was a tremendous gesture for the family of James Corfield, 19, who tragically died last month at the Royal Welsh Show.

His gesture sparked an outpouring of support from his adoring fans in Mid Wales who were glued to the TV to watch him power home strongly to the finish.

Rather than stop and bask in the attention, the modest runner made his way straight through the Media Mixed Zone and away to his back-up team to start his recovery.

He may not have threatened his personal best of 2:15.11 in a relatively slow marathon won by Kenya’s Geoffrey Kirui in 2:08.27, but his World Championships story has cemented his name in local folklore.

Next up for Andy will be training for the Wales team travelling to Australia for the Commonwealth Games in January.



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