An optometrist is running the Chester Marathon on Sunday as a big birthday challenge.
Helen Kirk, who works at C & G Mullen in St Werburgh Street, has already far completed seven half marathons including the Chester event.
She said: “I have a big birthday coming up next year (I am not telling you which one!) and decided that, as it was getting harder to get faster, I needed a new challenge. The obvious thing seemed to be to try a longer distance.
“I chose Chester Marathon firstly because it’s my home event but also because it’s in October giving me a chance to train and build my fitness up through the light summer evenings rather than the cold, dark winter ones.
“In the past I have run for charity but decided that this was a challenge just for me. People ask if I have a finishing time in mind; as it’s my first marathon, my aim is to finish. At the end of the day, it’s going to be the longest I’ve ever run and will therefore be a personal best!”
Helen has been training with three other first-time marathon runners, following a plan set out by Mark Harrison from Dynamics Dance & Fitness in Hoole.
She said: “We meet once a week for training which is a great time to swap the week’s experiences and stories. Training has been hard work so we’re all really looking forward to crossing the finish line our completing our first marathons.”
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