Nine mothers raise thousands through running the Brighton Marathon
PUBLISHED: 17:14 29 April 2015 | UPDATED: 17:14 29 April 2015
A group of nine Hertfordshire mothers took on the Brighton Marathon, raising money for their chosen charities through Fittlife Running Club.
Over the past six months, Hollybush’s Yvanne Evener and Wendy Tharani, Tewin’s Anne Henson, Digswell’s Jo Grant, Knightsfield’s Sam Males and Handside quartet Nuala Milbourn, Michelle Cotter, Louise Beale and Sarah Halliday have trained with the aim of completing the south coast event for Isabel Hospice, Breast Cancer Care and the Alzheimers Society.
With the group having made it through training, the girls all started off steady and fell into their natural paces, pairing off accordingly.
The fastest pair were Halliday and Milbourn, finishing the 26.2 miles in 3 hours and 54 minutes.
Next pair in were grandmother Henson, and Grant in 4 hours 21 minutes.
The youngest of the nine, 34-year-old Males finished six minutes ahead of Tharani, with the latter crossing the line in 4:38.
The remaining three, Beale, Enever and Cotter, had all suffered injuries and were unable to train in the weeks building up to the marathon, but all still ended in under five hours.
Suzy Fitt of the Fittlife running group said: “It’s been an honour to have been involved with these truly committed and dedicated girls throughout their training.
“Many of them came to FittLife with no running experience at all but they conquered an amazing challenge.
“Their camaraderie got them through the tougher times of training and ultimately resulted in their success.”
Over £10,000 has been already been raised for WGC’s Isabel Hospice while Males, Enever and Tharani have accumulated significant amounts of cash for both Breast Cancer Care and Alzheimer’s Society.
Beale, who’s participation in the weeks leading up to the event was in doubt, said: “I can’t believe I made it round.
“My knee felt fairly sore but grim determination kept me going as it hurt more every time I stopped.
“I couldn’t have done it without the support of Yvanne who ran with me all the way. and Suzy, who cheered us on with two miles to go.”