Jo completes half marathon race in memory of her father from Lowestoft

Jo Illingsworth (right) takes on the Ipswich Half Marathon with her friends Lydia Earle-Mitchell (le

Jo Illingsworth (right) takes on the Ipswich Half Marathon with her friends Lydia Earle-Mitchell (left) and Claire Green (middle) - Credit: Archant

A Lowestoft woman has completed the Ipswich Half Marathon to raise money in memory of her father John Easter, who was well known across the coastal town.

Jo Illingsworth is aiming to raise £840 to go towards the Woolverstone Macmillan Centre in Ipswich, as her father died at the age of 84. She is almost half way to that total already.

Her father was well-known across the town, owning John Easter Trophies in Bevan Street, which also specialised in engraving.

'Dad's life was lived in colour, vivid colour,' Mrs Illingsworth said.

'During his long business career he didn't take time off sick, he just got on with things. He was always independent and never asked for help.'

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Her father was diagnosed with cancer in 2011 but Mrs Illingsworth described how 'Macmillan were there from the beginning'.

'Macmillan delivered at every stage. They advised, supported, chatted and understood. 'But they also did this in a way which left both mum and dad with dignity.'

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Mrs Illingsworth, who works for NVCS Ltd, finished the race itself in two hours and 52 minutes.

'It was really hilly and a lot harder than I expected,' she added.

'The support was really good, with people giving out jelly babies and oranges.

'It was very emotional doing it for my dad and if people remember him or knew him I would be grateful for any donations.'

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