Tina Robert­son is clock­ing up the miles in mem­ory of her mum

Tina Robert­son is now near­ing the end of her year-long run­ning chal­lenge.

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WHEN Tina Robert­son lost her beloved mum af­ter a short bat­tle against can­cer, she needed an out­let and fo­cus for her grief. Grate­ful for the help and sup­port the fam­ily got, she chose to chan­nel her en­er­gies into rais­ing money for char­ity.

But this was to be no or­di­nary, sim­ple fund-raiser. The thirty-four-year-old de­cided to set her­self a mam­moth 1,000-mile run­ning chal­lenge to thank those who helped care for her mum.

Tina is rais­ing money for Macmil­lan Can­cer Sup­port and for Ward 32 at Ninewells Hos­pi­tal in Dundee, where Chris­tine Roberts, who died last Novem­ber at the age of just fifty-seven, was cared for.

The de­mand­ing chal­lenge Tina set her­self is to at­tempt to run 1,000 miles be­fore the year is out – jug­gling this round a full-time job, two chil­dren and a hus­band work­ing shifts.

The Carnoustie mum, who is a univer­sity ad­mis­sions of­fi­cer, wants to give some­thing back to the peo­ple who helped the fam­ily in their hour of need.

“Af­ter Mum died we used the Macmil­lan web­site and staff for sup­port on how to un­der­stand your feel­ings when you have lost a loved one and to grasp that peo­ple grieve dif­fer­ently,” Tina, who hopes to raise £2,500, ex­plained. “And the staff on Ward Thirty-two were such a com­fort at a very dif­fi­cult time.”

Tina says she is on tar­get for hit­ting the 1,000 mile chal­lenge, but ad­mits it has been “in­cred­i­bly tough” at times. How­ever, the sup­port of her hus­band, Colin, and chil­dren Danielle, ten, and Lo­gan, eight, as well as friends, fam­ily and col­leagues, is help­ing get her through – as is the mem­ory of her mum.

“This is a mam­moth chal­lenge,” Tina ad­mits, “but I felt I needed to do some­thing which would re­ally test me – I’m push­ing my­self fur­ther than I ever have be­fore.

“I started the chal­lenge on Jan­uary the third and re­call feel­ing quite daunted when I thought what was ahead – one thou­sand miles, to be ex­act! I knew I would need to be so dis­ci­plined to run nearly ev­ery sin­gle day. To go from very lit­tle ex­er­cise to that was scary, but I’m cop­ing well and keep­ing fit and healthy, thank­fully.

“I de­cided to split the run into mini chal­lenges so that I can see the progress I am mak­ing along the way. It also helps keep me mo­ti­vated, see­ing the mile­stones be­ing ticked off.

“It’s dif­fi­cult to jug­gle the chal­lenge around such a busy work and home life. I go out run­ning four times a week at lunchtime, do­ing at least three miles each time.

“The rest of the runs are done when my kids are at their clubs. My hus­band works nights, but when he is around to look af­ter the kids I try to fit in longer runs.

“I didn’t fully ap­pre­ci­ate how hard it would be. I as­sumed do­ing three miles a day would be easy but it hasn’t been, and on days when the weather has been mis­er­able it’s hard to find the mo­ti­va­tion.

“Ev­ery now and then my en­thu­si­asm wanes but I’m for­tu­nate that I have friends who run with me, so they help keep me on track. If I’m hav­ing a bad day, they push me to go out.

“I must ad­mit my legs are con­stantly tired, but I feel such a buzz when I com­plete another run and chalk up the miles.

“My dad has said to me many times that he is so proud of what I’m do­ing – and that my mum would be, too. What bet­ter mo­ti­va­tion could I have?” n

If you’d like to help Tina in her fund-rais­ing ef­forts, go to https://www. gofundme.com/ tinarobert­son.

Tina clocks up some miles dur­ing her lunchtime.

Tina with her fam­ily on grad­u­a­tion day, and left, stop­ping for a breather on her run­ning route.

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