A teacher has been putting in the miles for charity as she prepares to line up with double Olympic champion Mo Farah at the London Marathon.
Louise Pinderhas enlisted the help of fellow staff and pupils at Battyeford Primary School in Mirfield to raise money for one of her favourite charities, Heart Research UK, before joining more than 35,000 runners in the capital on Sunday April 21.
Louise grew up in Cleckheaton and Gomersal, and went to Whitcliffe Road, Gomersal Middle and Whitcliffe Mount shools, and started running two years ago with her daughter Cat.
“We struggled through the summer, into autumn and through the dark winter months, and the more miles I completed the more I loved it,” said Louise.
After a few 13.5-mile runs, she applied for the London Marathon and was delighted to find she had been successful. Most mornings she runs six miles before work and at least 20 miles each Friday.
Louise and friends raised funds at a bag-packing morning at Morrisons in Heckmondwike while Beadelicious in Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, hosted a charity evening.
Her latest fundraising event is an Eighties party night at Gomersal Cricket Club tomorrow at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5 per person and include a pie and peas supper while fancy dress is optional.
For details about buying tickets contact firstname.lastname@example.org. To make a donation visit www.justgiving.com/louiselondon2013.