Tackling marathon challenge

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A SEASONED runner and a wheelchair user will take on Blackpool marathon this weekend in a team effort to raise money for charity.

Attempting a full marathon for the first time, Hollybank Trust resident Sarah Brannan, 34, who uses a wheelchair, will be pushed round the 26 mile course by Hollybank carer Mick Hewitt, 52.

Mick has been doing races with Sarah for five years, raising money for a number of different charities along the way.

“It all started with a bet with a work colleague, I said, ‘If you do the half marathon then I’ll push Sarah round’ but he actually did it so I took Sarah!

“She really enjoyed herself so it went on from there, and since then we’ve completed 15 races, from 10ks to half-marathons,” said Mick, of Halifax Road, Liversedge.

“Sarah loves it, she loves to be out there in her running gear getting involved!”

Looking towards this Sunday’s race, Mick said he was trying to stay determined.

“We’ve never done a full marathon before and I have to admit I did have a few doubts the other day, I was thinking, ‘What on earth have I taken on?’ but I think we’ll be fine.”

“I’d like to get done in about four hours hopefully but it might be more like five depending on how we get on.

“We did the Dewsbury 10K at the weekend and despite the miserable weather managed that in 57 minutes, so fingers crossed the weather is a bit nicer this Sunday.”

The money they raise will be split between breast cancer research, in honour of a colleague who is fighting the disease, and the Hollybank Trust, at Hartshead, which provides care and education for adults and children with complex disabilities.