Murrow’s marathon runner Louise to tackle her first London challenge in aid of Kidney Research UK
PUBLISHED: 15:02 12 October 2017 | UPDATED: 15:02 12 October 2017
A Murrow woman is to tackle the London Marathon to raise money for the charity she works for.
She began her training earlier this year and admits that hitting the road for the first time has come as a shock to the system.
“I’ve never been a runner before or a keen exerciser – I only did what I needed to do so this is an incredible challenge and it is exhausting,” she said.
“I started training in May and I can now comfortably run 13 miles. I completed the Perkins Great Eastern half marathon last weekend and I finished it in two hours and 20 minutes which I am thrilled with – but there’s still a long way to go.
“I’ve also joined a running club near where I work so I can run with people twice a week, train in the gym, swim and I try to do a long distance run on weekends.”
Louise has been challenged to raise a minimum of £2,100 by Kidney Research UK, and she will be joined by over 50 other runners from the charity.
“I have the privilege to support all our challenge event participants and the London Marathon is one of the events that I look after,” she said.
“I thought it was only fair that if I have to motivate, encourage and support all our participants along their marathon journey I should really experience what they go through as well.
“It’s a very big journey and all our participants do an incredible job for different reasons and we are so very proud to have them on our team.”
A Kidney Research UK spokesman said: “Kidney disease is a silent killer. There are three million people in the UK with it right now.
“One million don’t even know they have it and there is no cure. For decades our developments in treatment, better information for patients and raising vital public awareness have been saving lives.
“As the likelihood of kidney disease striking you becomes ever greater, our work is more essential now than ever.”
Louise has raised over £500 so far with just over six months to go.
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