On the run for hospices
MARY Watson has taken part in races at both ends of the country in aid of Pilgrims Hospices.
Mary, who works as a nurse at the Brabourne Care Centre in Ashford, ran a total of 26km in the Great Yorkshire Run and the Great South Run within two months to raise £662.
She chose to raise money for the charity because a friend’s wife had been cared for in the Thanet hospice and she knew lots of other people who had benefited from hospice care.
Mary, 49, who lives in Chestfield, started running two years ago and completed most of the training on a treadmill.
She said: “I was always the last one to be picked for teams at school so I’m surprised at how much I have taken to running and how I found the races easier than expected.”
Mary ran the 10k Great Yorkshire Run in Sheffield in September in a time of 1 hour 9 minutes with her daughter, who is at university there.
She ran the 16k Great South Run in Portsmouth in October in 1 hour 50 minutes.
Susan Booth, head of fundraising and marketing at Pilgrims Hospices, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Mary has raised so much money for us.”