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Great war heroics inspired mud run mum
A FUNDRAISING mum took on a muddy assault course in memory of her great-grandfathers who died in the First World War.
Lisa Jones, 39, completed the five- mile Mud Run on Sunday in one hour, 12 minutes.
Her great-grandfathers James Victor Greenwood and George Ilett were both killed in action.
James Victor Greenwood worked with horses, delivering ammunition and rations to the troops.
He was shot by a sniper during the Battle of the Somme in 1916, and was cared for by a French familywhen his regiment moved on.
His wounds began to heal, but he fell victim to pneumonia and died in February 1917.
A sergeant in the 2nd Royal Fusiliers, George Ilett was killed in action in France on October 20, 1914, leaving behind his wife, Elizabeth, and three children.
Lisa, of Papenburg Road, Canvey, took on the charity event, in West Sussex, to commemorate 100 years since the start of the war, wading through trenches, barbed wire, mud pits, obstacles and mustard smoke.
It raised money for the Invicta Foundation, which provides support to wounded service personnel and their families.
Mum-of-two Lisa said: “This run was dedicated to my greatgrandads who died as heroes.
“This medal is not mine, it is theirs.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the obstacles, but have to admit, I did jumping jacks as a penalty instead of the monkey bars.
“I was shot at by paint ballers, crawled under barbed wire, carried a sand bag on my back, carried bricks in a locked up tin and waded through trenches up to my waist in muddy water.
“It was so much fun and I loved it, especially knowing it was in both of my grandads’ honour.”
No stranger to mud runs, Lisa is part of the Super Hero Mums with friends Helen Tree and Hayley Black, who tackle mud runs dressed as Supergirl, Batgirl and Wonder Woman across the south-east to raise money for charities Unique, Macmillan, the Danny Green Fund, and the Indee Rose Trust.
Lisa said: “My mum survived Hodgkin’s Lymphoma when I was a baby and 30 years later lost her battle with lung cancer.
“At a time of desperation and sadness, for Macmillan to walk into our lives, not only to help but to care and support our loved one, was a blessing.”