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Malton mum takes part in Great North Run for Kidney Research UK
8:00am Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
A MALTON mother is fulfilling a longterm ambition this weekend by taking part in the Great North Run.
Lisa Williamson is raising funds for Kidney Research UK after being inspired by a television programme on the condition.
She applied for a place in the halfmarathon last year and managed to secure a place in the annual event, which takes place on Sunday.
Lisa said she had been training for about eight months.
“I started to have a Tuesday off, so I would drop the kids off at school and then go for a run,” she said.
“To start off with it was quite tough as I hadn’t done a lot of running, but now I love just running.”
Lisa said it had been hard during the school holidays to keep up with the training but she had worked round it and managed to go running at least once a week.
“My daughter, Shannon, has been coming on her bike to support me.
“She and her two brothers, Ryan and Kian, are really proud of what I am doing.”
Lisa said she had chosen to run for Kidney Research UK as it was a charity that did not always receive a lot of publicity.
“I am looking forward to raising lots of money for the charity, but I just hope it isn’t raining or very windy because it makes it harder to run.
“My partner and two of my children will be at the finish to cheer me over that finish line and support me on the day as well.”
Anyone who would like to support Lisa should visit kidneyresearchukevents.org The Bupa Great North Run is Britain’s biggest participation event.
From only 12,000 runners at the very first staging in 1981, Sunday’s event will see 55,000 runners taking part, starting in Newcastle, going through Gateshead and finishing in the coastal town of South Shields.
Lisa will be rubbing shoulders with many world class athletes taking part in the run, although the vast majority of the 55,000 competitors will be fun runners hoping to raise money for charity.
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