Julia and Steve Owen's events in memory of Donald Owen
Julia and Steve Owen have been running since the beginning of 2011 in memory of Donald Owen, Steve's dad, who sadly passed away after contracting MRSA following a knee operation. Their phenomenal efforts are recognised everywhere they go raising awareness of MRSA and we are privileged to have them doing this to raise funds for MRSA Action UK.



We met Jules and Steve for the first time in July 2011 and cheered them on in Lancashire in November 2011 for one of their half marathons. 2012 was just as busy for them both, especially with Jules volunteering role in the 2012 Olympics. They are continuing on throughout 2013, running for
MRSA Action UK. If they are running at a venue near you then please go and cheer them on, if you can't make it then leave a message on their
Just Giving page.

We will keep you posted on their progress, here's where they ran in 2011 and 2012:



 
2013 coverage

Jules and Steve complete the Roding Valley Half Marathon
8 March 2015


Jules and Steve completed the Roding Valley Half Marathon on Sunday 8th March. Over 600 runners took part in the spring-like conditions. Jules found the hills a challenge and finished in 01:58:13, Steve finished in 01:50:51. Jules said she looked happier than she felt. We think you both look fabulous, as always.

Thank you Jules and Steve for raising over £4,300 and covering over 1,400 race miles!

To support them leave a message on their Just Giving page visit http://www.justgiving.com/JulesnSteve
or text MRSA66 to 70070 and the amount to donate

These are their forthcoming challenges:

Surrey Spitfire 20 miler Dunsfold Aerodrome 29 March 2015
Brighton Marathon 12 April 2015
London Marathon on the 26 April 2015
Bupa 10K London on the 25 May 2015
Chase the Train in Wales in August 2015
Jules and Steve conquered the cold in the London Winter Run
1 February 2015


Jules and Steve completed their first race of the year in 51.31 minutes. It was a fantastic event to help raise funds for Cancer Research UK on a unique closed road 10k through Central London. There were Snow Zones, a Swiss Winter Wonderland and Polar Bear Hugs. Jules and Steve are pictured with two St Bernard's which were a part of the festivities. Jules said they were happy with their times and they are looking forward to the next race.
A very festive Jules and Steve completed the Southend 5 miler
Santa fun run on 14 December 2014




A cold and bright morning in Southend, and Jules and Steve completed the 5 miler in 40 minutes, happy runners!

Jules is also donating what she would have spent on Christmas cards to her two favourite charities this year, MRSA Action UK and the Stroke Association. Thanks for all you do Jules and Steve, you are both fantastic.

We hope you like their festive pictures, we think they are great. Merry Christmas everyone!
Jules completes the
Poppy Half Marathon in Bexhill-on-Sea
8 November 2014




Jules ran in the Poppy Half Marathon in Bexhill-on-Sea the day before Remembrance Sunday

Jules is showing her medal with pride. She said "Nearly flew to Kansas today the wind was so strong"

"Fitness definitely returning - 1.55 - happy with that!"

Fantastic Jules and a great event to be a part of!
Jules comes 6th out of 50 ladies in the Thurrock 10k
2 November 2014


Jules took part in the Thurrock 10 and did herself proud. She tells us "Poured with rain, which oddly I enjoyed and I was the 6th lady out of about 50 ladies, which was an even bigger surprise after so little training - unofficial time of 50 minutes which I'm also chuffed with so all in all a good race."



Steve was on the injury bench so couldn't take part, hope you are better soon Steve.
Jules and Steve completed The Great South Run in Southsea
Portsmouth on 26 October 2014


The Bupa 25th Great South Run was screened on Channel Five on Sunday 26 October. Jules finished the 10 mile course in 01:26:06 and Steve in 01:26:05.

Jules and Steve are back on track and have completed the Great North Run in Newcastle on 7th September 2014

This is a magnificent achievement in itself, but even more so this month. Julia's dad has been poorly after having a stroke, but we know where Julia gets her determination and strength from, as her dad is well on the road to recovery.

Jules says "This one's for you Dad..."

Jules and Steve both completed 01:54:52, Jules said "it was hotter than expected! It wasn't about the time although with no training and fuelled by galaxy caramel I'm not complaining! Today we had our dad's on our minds and we we're both very emotional at the end. We'll be back...."

Our best wishes go to Jules, Steve and the family, and for a speedy recovery for Charles.
Jule and Steve Race the Train in Wales 16th August 2014

The train finished in 1h 48m 18s, Jules and Steve crossed the challenging terrain and finished in 2h 18m 46s, we think that's amazing! A lovely venue along the Welsh coast from Tywyn, although the 14 mile course is grueling!
Jules and Steve complete the National Lottery Newham London Olympic Anniversary Run
on Sunday 20 July 2014



Congratulations and well done Jules and Steve and all the runners that took part in The National Lottery Newham London Anniversary and Family Run at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Steve flew round in 40 minutes and Jules was not far behind finishing in 42 minutes. Steve got a great shout out wearing his MRSA Action UK T-shirt with the charity's name getting a mention at this high profile event.
Jules and Steve Owen smash their personal bests at the British 10k in London
Sunday 13 July 2014

The British 10k boasts one of the best road race routes in the world. Starting on Piccadilly outside The Guards & Calvary Club, Jules and Steve joined runners as they passed the new WW2 Bomber Command Memorial which was unveiled by HM Queen Elizabeth II in June 2012, with Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner as the backdrop.

They passed The Ritz, St. James's Palace, Trafalgar Square, St. Paul's Cathedral, the London Eye, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and Westminster Abbey. The race finished on Whitehall at the junction of Royal Horse Guards and Banqueting House after passing Downing Street and The Cenotaph.

Team MRSA Action UK (Jules and Steve) completed the British 10K in 47 and 46 minutes respectively, new personal bests, it was a cooler day so there was some respite from the heat of more recent runs. Phenomenal times for this iconic race!
Jules and Steve completed the Hackney Half Marathon 22nd June 2014



The Hackney Half Marathon was a very hot and sultry run. Steve completed in 01:57:03 and Jules in 01:57:04. They are pictured with their friend and supporter Mark Portman who runs in many events for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. CF is a condition that is inherited and life shortening, those who live with it are reliant on antibiotics to get them through their everyday lives. Mark is a champion of the cause.

Jules gets a lot of support from her colleagues at work, and we are so pleased that Lauren Brewster, whose mum works with Jules, did a lovely thing and made cakes to sell to raise £20 for MRSA Action UK and helped raise awareness by doing this.



Lauren also took the time to read about MRSA to be able to explain to her school friends why she was raising money for the charity. And, with a bit of help from her mum Andi, she was able to donate £30 to Jules and Steve's fundraising page. A special thanks goes to Lauren and her mum, and of course thank you Jules and Steve!

Jules and Steve are a roaring success in the Whipsnade Zoo 10K Stampede on the 8th June 2014


A hot a sultry run at Whipsnade Zoo for Jules and Steve. Looking on the warm side but fantastic. Jules tells us "Rhinos running alongside us as we ran past their enclosure was a new experience!"

Between them Steve Owen and his wife Jules have completed well over 1,200 race miles and raised over £4,000 for MRSA Action UK.

Thank you Jules and Steve!
Jules and Steve Owen complete the Manchester 10k
for MRSA Action UK
18 May 2014



Steve completed the course in 00:48:57, and Jules in 00:51:00, another fantastic day for them both with personal bests being smashed again, very hot though so very challenging!

Here they are stopping off at the Rovers Returns at the Coronation Street set in Salford on the Friday, we think they look great, our very own superstars!

Jules and Steve Owen complete the London Marathon
for MRSA Action UK
13 April 2014,
and on 5th May 2014 The Milton Keynes Marathon


Steve Owen and his wife Jules have completed 628 race miles and raised over £4,000 for MRSA Action UK. And their latest achievement was completing the 2014 London Marathon, the jewel in the crown for runners all over the world. Quite a lot of us were watching on TV and tracking their progress online too.





Steve completed the course in 04:38:31, and Jules achieved a personal best in 04:00:53, they were over the moon when the finished as you can see from their photos after the event.

On 5th May they ran the Milton Keynes Marathon in another brilliant challenge, Steve finished in 4.23.37 and Jules smashed the personal best from the London Marathon and completed in 3.57.23, the first time under 4 hours, Jules tells us she is "really chuffed" They look fantastic after the race too!

Jules and Steve complete back to back runs and are all set for the London Marathon

Jules and Steve have been training and continuously improving their personal bests which stood them in good stead for the London Marathon.

On Sunday 6th April they set off at 9:20am and both finished the Brighton Marathon in 4:23. With the London Marathon just a week away this was a fantastic run for them both, Paula Radcliffe was at the start and finish of the race and Jules and Steve are pictured here on the beach after the race displaying their well earned medals.

They completed the Brooklands Half Marathon in Surrey on the 30th March and smashed their personal best times, 1:47 for Jules and 1:44 for Steve.
Jules and Steve complete the Sports Relief 6 Miler at the Olympic Park
23rd March 2014



Looking good Jules and Steve, taking the Sports Relief 6 Miler at the Olympic Park in their stride, getting ready for the London Marathon, only three weeks away. Keep on running!
Jules and Steve continue to go from strength to strength with new personal bests in the Colchester Half Marathon on 16th March 2014

Jules and Steve were delighted to announce that they continue to go from strength to strength! Jules tells us "New personal best times all round! 1.48 for me and 1.45 for Mr O! So happy" We are too, brilliant!

Jules and Steve finish the Bath Half Marathon on the 2nd March in 01:51:10, smashed it, Jules tells us they are pleased, as when they ran the Bath half in 2010 their time was 2:18. Superfit.
Jules and Steve have completed more than race 500 miles for MRSA Action UK when they ran the Eton Dorney Half Marathon on
15 February 2014



Jules and Steve pass the 500 milestone this month, bringing the total of miles raced for MRSA Action UK to 504 with the completion of the Eton Dorney Half Marathon, and that doesn't count the training they do!

Running a half marathon the Saturday of the week in which we've had some of the worse winds this year was certainly challenging. The only plus side from a training perspective about this winter so far is that the training conditions have been awful with almost constant driving rain and gales for the last 8 weeks. This did mean that the competitors who arrived on the start line had been training in the right conditions.

With winds bowling in at 50-60mph, the organisers were forced to take some hasty decisions regarding marquees and branding. But the recent bad weather and the wind didn't blow away the determination of the 600 hardy runners who turned up at Eton Dorney Lake.

Four laps of this fast and flat course is usually perfect potential for a personal best and with pacers between 7 and 12 minutes per mile, this race is normally a day when competitors can easily achieve their personal goals. It was the least helpful type of wind - a cross wind - which meant that it would be tough for approximately 10 miles of the 13.1 miles. But Jules and Steve did a fantastic job and finished the race, Steve in 01:51:11 and Jules in 01:57:34.
Jules and Steve complete the
Southend Rudolph Run
Sunday December 15th 2013

The Southend Rudolph run was the perfect way to celebrate the start of the Christmas holiday season for our champions Jules and Steve, and to round off a fantastic year of running. The race was a flat and fast seasonal 5 mile run along the Promenade with a medal and a mince pie at the finish. Jules and Steve crossed the finish line together, Steve in 00:42:08 and Jules in 00:42:09 - a lovely way to end 2013.

Thanks also go to Jules' colleagues at the council donated all the money they would have spent on Christmas cards to MRSA Action UK bringing Jules and Steve's Just Giving page up to a grand total of £3168.88 including gift aid.
Jules and Steve smash the Norwich Half Marathon
24th November 2013




Norfolk Showground, Norwich was the venue for Jules and Steve's new personal bests. They smashed it again, in 1.49 for Steve and 1.50 for Jules. The onesie that Steve wore for the Portsmouth run didn't make an appearance this time, but their smiles say it all!



Thank you Jules and Steve!

A special thanks goes to Steve's colleague Tom Mercer, who kindly donated £500 he won in a client's raffle.


They had a fantastic time running the 40th Berlin Marathon on 29th September 2013 and took the opportunity to take in some sightseeing and enjoy the culture of Germany, a well deserved break for them both. Steve completed the marathon in 4:11 and Jules in 4:13.


They ran the BUPA Birmingham Half marathon on Sunday 20th October and finished in 1:53, Jules tweeted "Very happy as done little since Berlin. Very hilly!" MRSA Awareness month finished in Portsmouth for Jules and Steve with the Great South Run on the 27th October.

It was a windy Great South Run in Portsmouth. Jules and Steve completed the 10 miles in 82 minutes, a new personal best by 4 minutes. Jules tells us Mr O lost a bet so he ran in a pink onesie.

And here is the pink bunny!

You can read more about their epic adventures and how the fundraising all began in the special article on page 7, written for Colchester Council's staff newsletter.
Jules and Steve celebrate another personal best in the Bristol Half Marathon
15th September 2013

Jules and Steve completed the race in 1:51:09

The lovely city of Bristol was the venue for another smashed record for them both.
17th August 2013
Tywyn Mid Wales was the venue for
The 30th Anniversary of Race the Train


Jules and Steve ran 14 miles on the scenic route in Tywyn Mid Wales at the Southern end of Snowdonia National Park.


They collected their commemorative medals after the event, which are a lovely souvenir to add to their growing collection. Their medal display certainly shows just how much they have done over the past three years.
Jules and Steve completed the Greenwich 10K run for MRSA Action UK on
27th July 2013

A lovely 10K course situated around the beautiful grounds of Greenwich Park, London, was the setting for Jules and Steve to achieve 400 miles running for MRSA Action UK

The view from Greenwich Park before the 10k race - Jules tells us "It really is so beautiful to be able see the old and the new of London from one spot"
21st July 2013
Jules and Steve were amongst the first back to the stadium in the National Lottery Anniversary Run


Jules and Steve crossed the line together finishing in 42 minutes and 16 seconds

14th July 2013 - Jules and Steve line up for the Great British 10k!

Jules and Steve on their way to the start line


Jules and Steve after the race

The Great British 10k brought the total miles covered running for charity MRSA Action UK to 386, and that doesn't include Jules' and Steve's training. They both achieved a personal best of 51 minutes in very hot conditions, so pleased for them both, and they look as fresh at the end of the race as they did at the beginning!
8th June 2013 - Jules and Steve's 10k Trailblazer

The run in Bedgebury Forest will bring the total miles covered running for MRSA Action UK to 379, and that doesn't include Jules' and Steve's training!
26th May 2013 - Jules and Steve run the BUPA Manchester 10k!



Fantastic finishing times for Jules and Steve, you've made a great recovery Jules finishing in 00:51:59, just half a minute behind Steve who did it in 00:51:27, brilliant and thank you both!
19th May 2013 - Steve completes the local Great Baddow 10 miler


Jules was recovering from an injury and preparing for their race in Manchester, she tells us that Steve did brilliantly and knocked 9 minutes off his time from last year and also ran a new personal best for a 10 miler at 85 minutes so he's very happy!
14th April 2013 - Jules and Steve complete the Brighton Marathon!


Jules and Steve completed the Brighton Marthon, and they both performed brilliantly, Jules finishing in 4:08:23 and Steve finishing in 4:35:24!

Love the picture Jules, hope you both took some time out to enjoy the Brighton sunshine : )

31st March 2013 - 19 mile Run for Fun, Southend


Jules and Steve completed their local club's Run For Fun first anniversary celebration on the 31st March. They ran along Southend seafront for 19 miles in the unseasonal cold.
24th March 2013 - Hampton Court Palace 16 miler


Unseasonably freezing conditions greeted the 3,000 runners who gathered in Kingston for the Whole Foods Market Breakfast Run in Kingston upon Thames on Sunday 24th March. Light snow dusted the runners as they waited for the start of the race. Conditions were fine underfoot as the snow didn't settle, however with the wind-chill factor bringing conditions down to well below freezing, runners were bitterly cold. Jules and Steve finished in 2:29:03, clocking up 312 miles running for MRSA Action UK.
17th March 2013 - Dartford 10 miler

Jules and Steve both finish in 1:30:28 in the Dartford 10 mile run Our champions have now clocked up 296 miles running for MRSA Action UK.


Another personal best for both Jules and Steve in the Bath Half Marathon
3rd March 2013



Another personal best for both Jules and Steve in the Bath Half Marathon, they both finished in 01.58.18. Conditions were perfect for running, very cold but dry and bright. A fantastic achievement!
24th February 2013


Steve and Jules complete the St Lukes Hospice Ford Test Track 10 Mile Run in Essex. Steve finishes in 01:26:24 and Jules in 01:27:35.
16th February 2013 - Jules and Steve complete the Eton Dorney Half Marathon

Jules and Steve began their 2013 racing calendar with a half marathon at Eton Dorney - where the Olympic Rowing was held. Conditions were ideal for running with the weather being cool, dry and no wind and Steve got under the magic 2 hours with a time of 1.59.40 phew!


Our champions then took part in a 10 mile run at Ford's Test Track in Basildon on the 24th February. Their busy schedule continues with the 10 miler in Dartford, and the 16 miler running around Hampton Court Palace. Jules and Steve finish off March with a local 5 miler organised by running club 'Run for Fun'. The first week in April will be a rest week before 'the big one' in Brighton on the 14th!

Steve and Jules finished off 2012 with a 5k Run for Fun in December. As you can see they looked the part and were very happy with their medals!


A huge thank you goes to Jules's office colleagues who have decided to give a contribution to charity instead of buying Christmas cards this year.
They have chosen to split the contributions between Help for Heroes and MRSA Action UK!

Jules and Steve completed the Richmond Deer Park 10K on Sunday 18th November


Jules with her medal

Steve completed in 53:52 ahead of Jules who finished in 55:48. Jules and Steve's actual events have covered over 218 miles, that does not include their training.

WORLD MRSA AWARENESS MONTH - OCTOBER
was busy for Jules and Steve

7th October was the Windsor Half Marathon


The Great South Run (10 miles) was on the 27th October, sponsored by BUPA and broadcast on Channel 5. Julia finished in 01:27:32 and Steve completed only just behind in 01:27:43, amazing achievement yet again!

Another fantastic achievement for Jules and Steve
in The Great North Run
Sunday 16th September 2012


Jules has been recovering from a chest infection, so this time Steve managed to get in front, but Steve was thrilled to achieve a personal best of 02:02:11. Jules finished in the brilliant time of 02:04:57 despite not being at full fitness. Champions!



During July and August Jules was proud to be helping out at the London 2012 Olympics in her Gamesmaker role, an experience she tells us she will never forget.

Another phenomenal run for Jules and Steve in The Great British 10k
Sunday 8th July 2012



Jules and Steve complete the Great British 10k in under an hour, both finishing in 00:58:17

Steve completes the West Mersea 10.5 mile Road Race on
Sunday 24th June 2012

Jules and Steve complete the Southend half marathon
10th June 2012

Jules finishes in a fantastic time of 2:02:30, and Steve in 2:15:22.

Jules and Steve completed the
Great Baddow 10 Mile Road Race in Chelmsford
for MRSA Action UK on Sunday 20th May 2012

Jules and Steve Owen managed yet another fantastic feat on Sunday 20th May in the Great Baddow 10 Mile Road Race, in their home town of Chelmsford. Fatima Whitbread also attended to preside over a 2 mile fun run.


They both crossed the finish line in 1 hour 35 minutes. Phew, where do you both get your energy!

Steve appeared on Sky News on May 24th, talking to reporter Thomas Moore about his Dad, Donald, and how the antibiotics could not fight the MRSA that eventually led to multi-organ failure. There is more about the story on our Press and Media page.

On Sunday 15 April 2012 Jules achieved a fantastic 4 hour 18 minute finish
in the Brighton Marathon for MRSA Action UK

The Brighton Marathon had over 18,000 runners this year, and many charities were supported by the fantastic efforts of those taking part. For Julia Owen, aka Jules, this was a personal triumph as she completed the marathon in just 4 hours 18 minutes.




This is Jules's fourth race of the year, and race number fourteen for MRSA Action UK. Her husband Steve was cheering her on. It was perfect conditions for marathon running. Jules's phenomenal finish time left her delighted. She said "I'm so chuffed with the time".

We are chuffed too Jules, it's a fantastic achievement!

Jules and Steve completed the Bath Half Marathon on
Sunday 26th February 2012


Julia and Steve Owen ran in the Bath Half Marathon again, and completed their fourteenth run for MRSA Action UK. They continue to astound everyone with their energy and determination to help raise awareness of MRSA. To date their races have covered 130 miles each, and that doesn't include the training. Wolverhampton is about 130 miles from London as a comparison!

Jules and Steve took the opportunity to explore the beautiful City of Bath, including the Roman Baths and a boat trip along the Avon. The weather was beautiful, clear and cool and they tell us they both ran a very successful race! Jules says "12,000 competed and there must have been the same number again cheering us on! The sun shone which caused a few heat related problems for some. We both felt great during the race and I'm delighted to say we both achieved great times, Steve 2.06 and I managed a new personal best of 1.57, I'm so chuffed!"

"As usual, we had lots of people asking us about the charity and it means so much to be able to make people aware of what you do and why, even if its only one more person that clicks on to the website, it's worth it."

"I'm now on a countdown to the Brighton Marathon, eek! It'll be weird not running it with Steve but at least I know I'll have someone one cheering for me on the sidelines!"
Jules and Steve achieve their personal best in
The Hotel Olympia 10k, Docklands
Sunday 26th February 2012


Jules and Steve ran the Docklands 10k in absolutely perfect conditions, clear skys, cool temperatures and not a breath of wind. They both really enjoyed the experience of running around the Docklands and were delighted to achieve their personal bests with Jules arriving at the finish in 53.47 and Steve in 55.51, making it a great day all round.

Our champion runners Jules and Steve ran the Canterbury 10 Miler on 29th January 2012, Jules completed in 1:33:06 and Steve was with her and crossed the line in 1:33:14.

Events in 2011

Bedford Half Marathon, December 11th 2011


Jules and Steve clocked up race number eleven on the 11th December 2011, in the Bedford Half Marathon. They crossed the finishing line together in just over two hours (2:07:12 for Jules and 2:07:37 for Steve), well done Jules and Steve!
Lancaster and Morecambe Half Marathon November 6th 2011

 
 

Jules and Steve clock up a phenomenal ten races since February

Jules and Steve ran the Lancaster and Morecambe Bay Half Marathon on Sunday November 6th.  It was a crisp, sunny day and perfect conditions.  Jules and Steve tell us the course was fantastic with lovely scenery, there was a bit of a climb part way through and Jules did sustain a slight calf injury, she has had some physio and is on the mend.  Derek Butler, Maria Cann and John Galvin were there to cheer them over the finishing line, and then spent the rest of the day with them in Lancaster.  It was a real privilege to be part of their event and we really can't thank them enough for all the hard work and dedication they put into their running.  They are real champions.

Just a week before on the 30th October Jules and Steve took part in the Great South Run is the largest 10 miler in the world and was broadcast on Channel 5, Julia finished in 1 hour 34 minutes 35 seconds, Steve was just over a minute behind, the weather was more seasonal for October and the day was wet and windy.

Jules and Steve Complete the Run to the Beat Half Marathon at the 02 Arena
September 25th 2011
 

  
Sunday's weather wasn't ideal for running a half marathon as the temperature reached 27 degrees during the race!  But Jules and Steve were undaunted by the challenge as ever.  Jules achieved her ambition and managed to complete in under 2 hours, at 1.59.46 and Jules says "I am thrilled to have finally reached this milestone"

Julia wants to set a new challenge and is now aiming for 1 hour 50 mins.  Steve finished in 2 hours 15 minutes.  They had never seen so many people drop during a race, which was a worry with the heat catching a lot of people out.

Jules and Steve are continuing with their challenge next year, although they didn't get selected for the London Marathon ballot, they will be competing in the Bath Half Marathon again in March, and have entered the ballot for the Lottery Olympic Park 5 miler in March.  Jules is doing the Brighton marathon in April, it looks like their 12 runs in 12 months is carrying on...... they have both the Paris and New York marathons in their sights!
 

 

Jules and Steve complete the Redbridge 10k on
July 24th 2011
 

Jules and Steve after the event organised by the
Tess Sanderson Foundation and Academy

The Tessa Sanderson Foundation and Academy is a charity organisation founded by 1984 Olympic Champion Tessa Sanderson CBE to help and assist young people in sport, towards a healthier lifestyle and through physical activity, together with building confidence and a social wellbeing whilst still in education.

Jules and Steve took part in the run and Jules completed the race in 58:34.45, with Steve not far behind with a time of 58:58.32

Another run complete for Jules and Steve! July 10th 2011

Jules and Steve continue their magnificent challenge and have completed another two runs, the Southend half Marathon on the 12th June and The Great British 10K around Westminster on July 10th.

Jules and Steve, speaking about The Great British 10K, said "it was a fantastic event - 25,000 runners waiting to start the race on Piccadilly was quite something to see!"

It was a beautiful morning and there were some 40,000 supporters en-route, including Jules' Ma and Pa, who were there at the finish line by 10 Downing Street "to give us a great cheer across the finish line". Jules tells us "You will also be pleased to hear that Steve's limp was non-existent and his run was injury free"

 

 

Jules and Steve complete the
Southend Half Marathon 12th June 2011
 



Jules and Steve complete The Edinburgh Marathon
May 21st-22nd 2011


Jules and Steve completed The Edinburgh Marathon in May.  They took time out to celebrate (out of lycra this time) and have organised their run for November - it will be the Lancaster and Morecombe Half Marathon on the weekend of the 6th November.  With Brighton and London Marathons in their sights next year, there is just no stopping them!

Julia and Steve Owen clock up another 10k
at the Olympic Park

 
Left: Jules and Steve after the race, and pictured on the right Jules meets her heroine Tessa Sanderson CBE

Jules and Steve completed Newham Classic 10K on Sunday April 10th, where they joined the first people to run around the new Olympic Park in Stratford.  Jules tells us the run was a great success for them both - Steve and Jules broke their previous best times for a 10K, Jules completed the run in 53:42 and Steve in 55:50, some 5 minutes off their previous 10K times!  The weather was beautiful and they finished just before the sun started to get too warm.   Jules says "We were lucky enough to run right up to the entrance of the new Olympic stadium!"  The race was organised by the Tessa Sanderson Academy and Foundation and Jules says "I was lucky enough to meet Olympic Gold Javelin thrower Tessa at the end of the run - I grew up watching the likes of Tessa, Sally Gunnell, Steve Ovett and Seb Coe so it was a great moment for me. "

"I hope you like the photos and as you will see, Steve and I had our support crew with us to cheer us on..... aka, my Pa!"

The next race is the Edinburgh Marathon, Jules tells us "it's been comforting up to now to still be able to say there is another race before it and now reality is setting in - there really is no rest for the wicked!"
 




Jules and Steve with their greatest supporter - Jules' Pa


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http://www.justgiving.com/JulesnSteve


Special report: When the drugs don't work
Thu Mar 31, 2011 7:29am
Kate Kelland and Ben Hirschler

LONDON (Reuters) - David Livermore is in a race against evolution. In his north London lab, he holds up an evil-smelling culture plate smeared with bacteria. This creamy-yellow growth is the enemy: a new strain of germs resistant to the most powerful antibiotics yet devised by humankind.

   

Suzanne Plunkett  /  REUTERS
David Livermore, director of the Antibiotic Resistance Monitoring & Reference Laboratory at the Health Protection Agency, holds a plate which was coated with the antibiotic-resistant bacteria called Klebsiella with a mutation called NDM 1 and then exposed to various antibiotics, in his laboratory in north London

Out on the streets, Steve Owen is running the same race - physically pounding the pavements to draw attention to the problem of drug-resistant infections.

Owen's father Donald died four years ago of multiple organ failure in a British hospital. He had checked in for a knee operation. But what he got was methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, commonly known as MRSA, a so-called "superbug" that all the drugs his doctors prescribed couldn't beat. After almost 18 months of severe pain, the infection got into his blood, overpowered his vital organs and killed him. 
More....


Julia and Steve Owen completed the Bath Half Marathon on Sunday 6th March in memory of Steve's Dad Don

 

Jules and Steve completed the course in 02:26:24, amazing as Jules was recovering from flu, and a throat infection and Steve's calf was playing him up.  Jules said

 

"The Bath Half Marathon was an amazing experience - 12,000 runners and over 25,000 people lined the streets to support everyone - our biggest event so far!"

 

Following their interview with Kate Kelland from Reuters Jules said the information we learned about the super-super bugs and antibiotics was a real eye opener.  "It's given us even more food for thought and made us even more determined to do what we can to help." 

 

"Our next race is the Newham Classic 10K on April 10th, when we will be lucky enough to be the first people to run around the new Olympic Park in Stratford before the professionals next year."

JULES AND STEVE COMPLETE THE
GREAT BENTLEY HALF MARATHON 2011

On Sunday 6th February Julia and Steve Owen completed the first of their runs in memory of Steve's dad Don, raising awareness and funds for MRSA Action UK.


Julia and Steve are pictured here after the race with their mementos.

There were almost 800 runners in the race and 1GBP from every entry was donated to Help for Heroes, also a very worthy cause which our member Carl Millington supported last year with his colleagues from the Royal Marines with their four marathons challenge.
 
Julia completed the 13.1 miles in 2:03:05.1, followed by Steve in 2:06:38.0, Steve had a few problems with injuries but overcame them and pushed on to the end.  Their itinerary is a busy one this year and we are so proud of them for raising awareness of the charity and hope this will help bring the need to always be aware of healthcare infections and what we can do to minimise the risks to the forefront of everyone's minds.

These are the venues and dates where Julia and Steve are running:

Bath Half Marathon March 6th
The Newham Classic 10K on April 10th (close to the hallowed ground of Upton Park!),
The Edinburgh Marathon May 21st-22nd
The Southend Half Marathon June 12th
The Great British 10K July 10th
A 4 mile run dressed as nuns around Tower Hill on September 11th (on Jules birthday)
The Great South Run (10 miles) in Portsmouth October 30th
Lancaster and Morecambe Half Marathon November 6th 2011

And when she has time to catch her breath Jules is organising coffee and cake mornings!

Our thanks go to Jules and Steve for their magnificent challenge.