Marathon race in memory of mum

An inspirational brother and sister who are both runners are setting a fast pace as they attempt to raise £43,000 in memory of their mum Angela Coggins.

By News Team on August 4, 2016

Angela Coggins Joe Freya marathon fundraising

Joe and Freya Coggins, from Monton, set themselves an ambitious target of generating £1,000 for every year their mum was alive.

Their fundraising campaign has already got off to a flying start with donations of £13,500 in the eight months since Angela died of cancer (October 2015).

Their next big event is a marathon challenge organised by their club Salford Harriers at Cleavley athletics track in Eccles on Saturday, July 30, from 10.30 am.

Freya, aged 13, promised her mum just before she died that her and Joe (12) would raise money in her honour, aided by dad Paul.

Proceeds will be split between St Ann’s Hospice, The Christie and Macmillan, the charities which cared for Angela during her illness.

The Coggins family are now looking for teams to each complete a marathon relay before enjoying activities which include stalls and refreshments.


We’ve already had a lot of generous support from different people and it’s snowballed into something fantastic. We’ve got a lot of comfort from raising funds and St Ann’s is very close to our hearts for the dignified way the hospice cared for Angela during the final months of her life. Paul Coggins

Harriers coach Diane Hooper said: “The club is keen to support Freya and Joe who are both valued members. The challenge is designed for runners of all ages and abilities and entrants can even walk if they wish. “Entrants are placed in teams with each person completing a number of 400 metre legs of the track until the full marathon distance is completed.”

Nurses and doctors from St Ann’s will take part and the run will end with a lap of honour in Angela’s memory.