Thea Davies

Thea Davies: Why I ran 415 miles in a year


In May 2012 my partner Captain Stephen Healey was killed in Afghanistan. He was the 415th British soldier to fall, so between October 2012-2013 I ran 415 miles in his memory. I have recently taken part in the adidas Run Reigate Half Marathon.

In May 2012 my partner Captain Stephen Healey was killed in Afghanistan. He was the 415th British soldier to die in Afghanistan, so between October 2012-2013 I ran 415 miles in his memory for Blind Veterans UK.

I have recently taken part in the Ironman in New Zealand and then Wales and the adidas Run Reigate Half Marathon.

Captain Stephen HealeyA couple of months after Steve was killed I decided I wanted to do something in his memory and decided to run 415 miles within a year. I chose 415 miles as Steve was the 415th fallen British soldier in Afghanistan.

The training and entering of so many events across the year was so tough without Steve, it kept me focused and gave me something to get out of bed for. When I was feeling down or angry or just had too much on my mind I found going on a run would help chill me out and clear my mind. I also met some amazing inspirational people and met others going through similar life changing experiences. I was also able to help others by raising £16,000 for Blind Veterans UK a charity which Steve himself supported. I also had many of Steve’s friends, comrades and my friends running alongside me which was amazing.

The adidas Run Reigate Half Marathon sounded like an awesome route, nice and flat compared to my recent events which have been rather hilly. It’s an honour to have been invited and if I can help and inspire others to run then that’s great. I don’t go out there to win, I run and enjoy it and that’s one of the key parts of running such events and the sense of achievement at the finish line is fantastic – well worth the hard work.

Preperation wise the adidas Run Reigate Half Marathon is a normal distance that I would have had to run for my training for the Ironman New Zealand and Wales – it’s crazy to think how years ago I really worried about completing a half marathon but last week I managed to run a full marathon after a 2.4 mile swim and 112 mile bike ride. It shows as the Ironman motto says ‘anything is possible.’ If you want something, go get it! With the right determination and motivation you can get that medal in any challenge you want to compete in and you will feel great afterwards.

Thea Davies
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Thea Davies