Emma looks for­ward to a marathon task

FUND-RAISER: 13-mile run is the lat­est stage of her train­ing

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Opinion - by Michael DeFroand mde­froand@thek­m­group.co.uk

MARATHON mum Emma Good­man con­tin­ued her train­ing for next month’s Lon­don Marathon with a half-marathon in Lydd at the week­end.

Mrs Good­man, who will cel­e­brate her 34th birth­day on Sun­day, April 26 – the day of the big race – has been pound­ing the pave­ments along with sis­ter Louise Jen­nings.

They are run­ning the race in mem­ory of their late mum Dina Wood, of Rol­ven­den Layne, and to raise funds for the Pil­grims Hospice.

Mrs Wood, as well as be­ing a pas­sion­ate sup­porter of the char­ity, was cared for by the hospice in her last days while suf­fer­ing from can­cer.

Mrs Good­man, from Maid­stone, said: “I ran about 19 miles last week and did the half-marathon this week­end.

“So far we have about £480 from do­na­tions on our web­site, but I know there are forms dot­ted around as well, and one of them has about £100 on it.”

Emma has run the Lon­don Marathon once be­fore and is get­ting close to her sec­ond try.

She said: “I am looking for­ward to it, but I am a bit wor­ried about how I’m go­ing to get around.

“I have done 10k races in the past and you can skip some train­ing, but for the marathon you have to get the miles in your legs.

“The hard­est part is around the 13-to 21-mile mark – there is a cross­over where you’re at 13 miles but other peo­ple you pass are at 22 miles, and that is dif­fi­cult men­tally.”

Any­one want­ing to spon­sor Emma and Louise can visit www.just­giv­ing.com/ em­ma­gand­louisej or phone Mrs

Good­man on 07811 209452.

If you are run­ning in the Lon­don Marathon and would like to see your ef­forts pub­li­cised in the Ken­tish Ex­press, call our news­desk on 01233 623232 or email ken­tish­ex­press@thekm group.co.uk

Emma Good­man, who will run the 2009 Lon­don Marathon in aid of Pil­grims Hos­pices

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