On the run for hos­pices

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

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.”

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