Linda’s marathon at 60 in aid of hospice

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

A FIT­NESS trainer ran her first marathon aged 60 in aid of the hospice which cared for her mum.

Linda Row­lands is a trainer at the Fit­ness4All gym in Bolling­ton which is run by her fam­ily. But it wasn’t un­til the age of 60 that she de­cided it was time to run a marathon.

Linda, who’s lived in Bolling­ton for 30 years, chose to run the Manch­ester Marathon in aid of East Cheshire hospice, where her mum Ruth Kenyon spent the last days be­fore she died from can­cer last year, And it was an im­pres­sive first ef­fort at the race, with Linda com­plet­ing the run in a time of 4 hours 43 min­utes.

Linda said: “I did the Macclesfield Half Marathon and thought how bad could a whole one be? Well at 60 years of age do­ing my first ever marathon, and last ever, proved to be one of the most dif­fi­cult chal­lenges I’ve had.

“But it was a great ex­pe­ri­ence and ab­so­lutely worth the hours I spent train­ing for it.

“The gen­eros­ity of those who spon­sored me has been amaz­ing and East Cheshire Hospice will be re­ceiv­ing some much needed money.

“Ev­ery pound I re­ceived re­ally helped to spur me on.

“Af­ter my mum spent her last days in the hospice I knew I wanted to do some­thing to help this amaz­ing place.”

Linda has raised more then £1,500 for the hospice, which needs thou­sands of pounds ev­ery day to keep run­ning. It cares for peo­ple from Bolling­ton, Macclesfield, Poyn­ton, Wilm­slow and other towns and vil­lages around the area at the end of their lives.

The fam­ily has run other events at the gym to sup­port the char­ity.

Linda’s son Chris, who man­ages Fit­ness4All, said: “I’m so proud of my mum run­ning her first marathon, aged 60 and in such a great time.

“I went down with my fam­ily and watched and it was a re­ally good at­mos­phere.

“She’s raised over £1500 for the hospice which cared for my grand­mother and if any­one can spare a do­na­tion it will be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.”

Go to just­giv­ing.com/ Lin­daRow­land­sMarathon to do­nate.

●● Linda Row­lands, a trainer at Fit­ness4All in Bolling­ton ran the Manch­ester Marathon in aid of East Cheshire Hospice

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