Pic cap: Katie Tomkins, Becca Roberts and Fiona Mellor, who completed the Great North Run and raised funds for Max Appeal

A Birmingham property consultant has completed the world’s biggest half marathon in under two hours, raising more than £550 for Max Appeal in the process.

Fiona Mellor, an Associate Director at Harris Lamb trained hard for months to compete in the 33rd Great North Run on Sunday (Sept 15) in Newcastle upon Tyne, calling for sponsorship from friends, family and colleagues to raise funds for Max Appeal.

Max Appeal was founded by parents of children diagnosed with DiGeorge Syndrome/VCFS/22q11.2 deletion.

Fiona said that the Stourbridge-based charity, which is run by a team of dedicated volunteers needed all the awareness and support it could get when it came to educating people about the syndrome, and that knowing someone who had lost a son to the illness had cemented her decision to run for them.

Fiona ran with her training partners Katie Tomkins and Becca Roberts, both of whom also ran to raise funds for Max Appeal.

“I do a lot of running, but the Great North Run has been a long-held ambition if mine. As the biggest half-marathon in the world, it has a real status about it, and taking part was fantastic.

“While the weather wasn’t the greatest, it wasn’t as bad as the forecast had led me to believe, and I was grateful for that. There was a great atmosphere and I loved every minute.

“I completed it in under 2 hours – 1 hour and 58 minutes to be precise, so I was delighted with my time – I was only 58 minutes behind Mo Farah! I also managed to raise more than £550 for Max Appeal, which will contribute to the charity’s work in raising awareness and research into treatment for children diagnosed with DiGeorge Syndrome.”

Fiona is now continuing her training to compete in the Birmingham Half Marathon next month with a team of colleagues from Harris Lamb.