Feniton runners prove Women Can in charitable marathon run
PUBLISHED: 11:00 01 September 2018
A group of women from Feniton have raised more than £700 for two charities by taking part in a gruelling marathon.
Angela Lloyd, Vanessa Prettejohn, Sarah Harding, Melanie Rippon,
Victoria Hattan, Lynsey Fearn, Charlotte Boyce and Katherine Bonnin all took on the Women Can marathon, a women-only event which leads runners through East Devon’s countryside and across its coastline.
Angela said: “We are a group of mums from Feniton who run for pleasure.
“We run to try and keep fit, and this seemed a challenge to aim for.
“It is 100 years since women gained the vote, which was depicted on the medal we earned at the end.
“It was a huge challenge as the route followed Tipton to Budleigh along the river and Budleigh to Sidmouth along the cliffs.
“The route from Sidmouth to East Hill which was a particularly tough uphill section, and East hill back to Tipton was also very hard.
“But, once we got our breath back, we all felt a fantastic sense of achievement - especially knowing how much sponsorship we had raised it certainly helped keep us going.”
The group took on the 26.2mile marathon, in May, as a two-team relay - consisting of the ‘Feniton Fillies’ and ‘Feniton Flyers’.
Angela added: “We raised £772.
“We gave half of the total raised in a cheque to Julia, from the Juvenile Diabetes Support Group, and the other half to Becky from Hospiscare Devon.
“We chose the support group because Melanie’s daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes early this year, and Hospiscare as I lost my mum to cancer earlier this year.
“Katherine is also a breast care nurse and all of us have been affected at some point or another by cancer.
“It’s the second year the Women Can marathon has been held and it was a very well organised event, with runners coming from all over the country - and even overseas to take part.
“I think organisers are hoping to continue again next year, but I am not sure whether we are brave enough to take part again!”
In their 2018 report, Women Can marathon organisers said: “It would be impossible to put on an event of this scale without community support and it was tremendous to have so many people involved. The feedback from runners has been overwhelming with praise and appreciation.”