A PAIR of teachers will run 26 miles dressed as ladybirds in memory of their mothers who died from breast cancer.
Emma Baker and Abi March, both 28, spend weekdays teaching at Upton-by-Chester High School but they will put down their registers and pick up their running shoes on April 26 for the Flora London Marathon.
The duo have already received nearly £1,000 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer and they hope to double that figure by the time they cross the finish line.
They will run in memory of their mums Shelagh and Eileen.
Maths teacher Emma, from Buckley, is running in memory of her mum Eileen, who passed away five years ago.
She said: “We’ve chosen to run for this charity as both our mums died from breast cancer so it is very close to our hearts.
“I’m as prepared as I’m ever going to be.
“I’ve done 18 miles in training and need to do 21 miles at the weekend. Apparently the adrenalin will get me through the rest on the day!
“Abi seems to think we are going dressed as ladybirds – she’s got her costume ready. But she might end up getting rid of her antennae half way through.”
Emma revealed her fellow teachers are running a sweep stake trying to guess the combined time the pair will complete the marathon in. “They’re saying ‘why isn’t there three days in there?’.
“I’m hoping for under five hours. I don’t want to aim too high!”
Emma has already raised thousands for Breakthrough Breast Cancer completing a 26 mile night walk and the Chester and Liverpool half marathons.
Design and technology teacher Abi, who lives in Nantwich, runs in memory of mum Shelagh.
Sponsor Emma and Abi online by visiting www.justgiving.com/abiandemma.