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... and they're running in the New Forest too

John Austin, the inspiration for the Brockenhurst Half Marathon Photo: ITV Meridian Archive

The John Austin Half Marathon is to be run in Brockenhurst once again this year on Sunday 4th March, after a successful inaugural year in 2011. Runners raise money for the Oakhaven Hospice Trust which cared for New Forest resident John Austin who contracted terminal cancer in 2009 and later died.

Created by runners for runners with John's wife Irene as the Race Secretary, in its first year the event attracted 500 competitors and raised £14,000. Our reporter Kerry Swain was there in 2011 and in her report below spoke to John's widow Irene Austin and Henry Swinto, the race's director.