A charitable primary school teacher from Hoole is preparing to step up to her latest running challenge for a good cause close to her heart.

Lucy Hallmark, 24, who teaches at Christ Church C of E Primary School in Ellesmere Port, will be taking on the Abersoch Half Marathon on Saturday (September 24) in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

The fundraiser will be taking part in the 13.1-mile hilly run with members of the Ginger Running Social group, a club which runs every Tuesday evening at the Ginger wine bar in Northgate Street, Chester.

Lucy said: “I have always enjoyed taking part in half marathons and this will be my fifth one, having taken part in the Chester Half Marathon three times and the Wirral Half Marathon as well.

“But this time I want to do it for a good cause and Macmillan is currently very close to our family as we lost our uncle earlier this summer.”

Lucy’s uncle was Chester FC season ticket-holder Robbie Flynn, of Blacon, who passed away at the age of just 55.

“Macmillan looked after him and gave my family great support during that time,” added Lucy, who said Robbie would follow his beloved Blues home and away and was a regular at the Harry McNally Terrace. The family have since sponsored a Chester FC youth player this season.

Lucy, a family friend of Jade and Sandra Barrett - who run Ginger - said: “We have been training in the running club and I am hoping to do the half marathon in under two hours, but the main thing is to enjoy it and raise lots of money for charity.”

A Justgiving page has been set up for Lucy’s challenge and, having already collected £260 through donations in total to beat her original £150 target, she is now hoping to raise £300 for Macmillan.

People can donate at justgiving.com/lucy-hallmark.