Mum-of-two Chloe Thompson was on track in Edinburgh, where she completed the city’s marathon to raise vital funds for the Stroke Association.
Mother to three-year-old Henry and two-year-old William, Chloe, 29, is an administration assistant for the Stroke Association in Chester.
Her father, John, had a stroke in April this year, which affected his left side.
Seeing the impact of stroke on her dad, along with her role at the Stroke Association, inspired Chloe to raise funds for the charity and take on the challenge in Edinburgh.
Chloe said: “The support the Stroke Association gives survivors and their families is fantastic, and I want to help the charity be there for everyone affected by stroke.
“I began working for the charity when I left university, then after having my two boys I returned in October last year.
“My dad had a stroke a month ago and is recovering well, but seeing him affected by the stroke motivated me further to run my first marathon for the Stroke Association.”
Chloe ran the marathon for the first time alongside her husband Ed and completed the race in 4 hours, 55 minutes, raising more than £315 in the process.
She added: “It was a fantastic atmosphere and there was lots of support on the day which was really encouraging. Knowing so many people had kindly sponsored me also really spurred me on.
“I said I wouldn’t run another but I’ve already signed up to the Chester Marathon in October!”
Louise Kay, community and events fundraising manager at the Stroke Association, said: “There are about 152,000 strokes a year in the UK – that’s one every three-and-a-half minutes.
“It’s vital that people like Chloe are raising funds to ensure we can be there for even more families affected by stroke. We couldn’t be more grateful for her support.”