Cath's marathon goal: to finish before it gets dark!

PUBLISHED: 10:02 28 February 2008 | UPDATED: 22:23 26 October 2009

Cath Shepherd

Cath Shepherd

A ROOKIE runner is set to take to the streets of London for a cause in the name of an athletics legend. Herts police press officer Cath Shepherd will be trudging the 26-mile, 385-yard Flora London Marathon course in aid of the Ron Pickering Memorial Fund.

A ROOKIE runner is set to take to the streets of London for a cause in the name of an athletics legend.

Herts police press officer Cath Shepherd will be trudging the 26-mile, 385-yard Flora London Marathon course in aid of the Ron Pickering Memorial Fund.

Cath, who works at police HQ on Stanborough Road, WGC, hopes to get around the arduous course "before nightfall".

She took up running two years ago before becoming a member of Garden City Runners and undertaking the epic challenge for the Welwyn-based charity run by Ron's wife Jean.

"I'm very, very slow but am improving," said Cath, who lives in St Albans.

"As this is my first marathon and I'm not aiming to complete the race in any particular time, just to get across the finish line in one piece.

"I always thought that I would not be good enough to do it but I've done a few longer runs and just hoping to stay injury free now."

She was reluctant to estimate a finish time for the race on April 13 stating that it should be "a real experience".

The 41-year-old claimed she viewed it as a privilege to be running for the fund that honoured the life of athletics commenter Ron Pickering.

"As a keen athletics fan, I grew up listening to Ron's commentary so I'm very pleased to be able to run in aid of this worthy sporting cause."

Cath who hopes to raise £1,000 for the fund is appealing for sponsorship.

Anyone interested in backing her can go to www.justgiving.com/cathshepherd

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