TURNING 50 sparked a search for a challenge for one Calder Vale mum, who teamed with a friend to complete her first half marathon.
Rebecca Doody marked her special milestone not with a night on the tiles but pounding the streets around the capital, raising cash for charity alongside friend and running partner Nicky Mason.
The pair competed in the Run to the Beat half marathon in London, taking on a musically inspired 13.1 miles from the O2 Arena and around Greenwich for charity WaterAid.
Mum-of-three Nicky, also from Calder Vale, was roped into the challenge on one of their regular Sunday three mile circuits.
“Nicky went very quiet when I mentioned taking part on our next run,” said Rebecca.
“But a few weeks later we had got places running for WaterAid in the Run to the Beat half- marathon in London and there was no turning back.”
After battling with a painful training regime, which included over 200 miles running, swimming, cycling, one Achilles injury (Rebecca), Nicky suffering with patella tendinitis and severe blisters, both made it across the finish line.
The pair completed the course in two hours 33 minutes, without walking or rest breaks, together raising over £1,000 for the cause.
Nicky said: “We have been overwhelmed by the support we have received from family, friends plus the local community, and to date have raised in excess of £1,100 for WaterAid.What an experience, lining up with thousands, the atmosphere was incredible.”
l To donate, log on to uk.virginmoneygiving.com/nickymason or rebeccadoody or there is a collection box in Market Place News in High Street, Garstang. Donations need to be in by October 19.