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Norwich vicar plus cows run London Marathon

PhilipYoungCows420A Norwich vicar is set to complete the London Marathon accompanied by two cows, in memory of his wife Anna who died in February.

Rev Philip Young, vicar of St Thomas’ Heigham in Norwich is running his sixth London Marathon for development charity Water Aid on Sunday, April 22.


It will be the fifth time he has run for Water Aid and last year he raised over £10,000 and would like to do the same again.


Philip will be running with a tap on his hat as usual, but also accompanied by two toy cows, Ermitrude and Mabel, in honour of his beloved wife Anna who died suddenly of a heart attack on February 25 after spending 24 happy years with Philip.


Philip explained: “Anna brought one home about two years ago and we liked the little cow so much that the next time she went into the city she came back with another. They used to sit on the end of our bed day and night and they even came away with us to stay in hotels in Winchester and Reigate. These two cows brought smiles to our faces every time we saw them


“Now Anna has gone to be with our loving God these cows remind me of the good times and the laughs that we had together.


“The night after Anna died I realised that I had journeyed with Anna for 24 years almost to the day. We met at a leap year party on February 27 1988, and she died on February 25 2012.


“I was out running in preparation for the London Marathon for Water Aid and I suddenly started thinking about Ermitrude and Mable. I thought, they can run the London Marathon with me so that the tap hat and our cows can help me raise lots of money for Water Aid in memory of Anna.”

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