Welwyn woman is set for a marathon at the seaside

Nikki Cowan

Nikki Cowan


A Welwyn woman is running the Brighton Marathon to raise money for national disability charity United Response.

Nikki Cowen, 44, of Lancaster Way, is the deputy service manager at United Response’s Gombards Service in Welwyn and has seen first-hand how extra funds can improve the lives of the people she supports.

United Response is a community-based charity that works with people with learning disabilities, mental health needs or physical disabilities.

Nikki held a pub quiz on April 2, at the Steamer pub in the village, and raised £400.

The event also had local band, The Alternative Rhythm and Sound Experience, play live music free of charge for the charity.

Nikki was inspired to run the Brighton Marathon on April 17, after running in the London Marathon last year.

She said: “I started running for the first time last year and gave up smoking to run the London Marathon.

“The atmosphere in London was just electric and I’m thrilled to be running by the seaside this year.

“The funds raised last year made a huge difference.

“We were able to develop new sections of the garden, including a sensory section, which has been really beneficial for the people we support with complex needs.”

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