A FORMER Neston woman who took part in the gruelling London Marathon alongside her husband successfully completed the race in just over five hours.
Teresa Nightingale, 34, who is head of World Cancer Research Fund’s (WCRF) fundraising department, was inspired to run the 26.2 miles after watching last year’s event.
Her husband Paul, 38, took part in the race to support her and the pair hope to raise at least £4,000 for WCRF.
Teresa, who is now living in South London, said: “As head of fundraising at WCRF I have spent the last eight years supporting our London Marathon runners, helping them with fundraising, supporting them through the race and watching them cross the finish line.
“Last year, after years of persuading people to take part, I thought it was only fair to quite literally run in their shoes and take part myself.
“I wanted to know what it felt like to run in memory of a loved one, to nag all your friends and family into sponsoring you, the celebration when you cross the finish line.
“Now I have, and it was an amazing experience but not one I think I'll do again!”
She added: “When my husband agreed to take part with me I was overjoyed to have his support as we have both had relatives affected by and lost to cancer.
“Because all four of my grandparents were affected by cancer, raising money for prevention is something I’m very passionate about.
“Paul and I think it’s important that people know how eating a healthy diet and getting lots of exercise decreases cancer risk.”
The couple, who have been married for three years, were cheered on by Paul’s daughter, Bethany, 15, as well as Teresa’s brother, Edward, and her colleagues at WCRF.