Marathon duo ramp up gears for London event

Ruth Hunter (left) and her sister-in-law Gill McGovern will tackle the London Marathon in April for charity
Ruth Hunter (left) and her sister-in-law Gill McGovern will tackle the London Marathon in April for charity
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A pair who hung up their runnig shoes three years ago are pounding the streets yet again in a bid to complete the London Marathon.

Gill McGovern (42) from Kinghorn and her sister-in-law Ruth Hunter (39)from Kirkcaldy were running pals for ten years.

“We’d done three marathons together,” said Gill,” and the last one was in Paris three years ago when I ran not realising I was pregnant!

“We haven’t run since.”

The pair entered the ballot for the London Marathon last year, thinking it might be their last chance to tackle the 26-mile event but their entry was knocked back.

In a further twist of irony Gill, who is a practice nurse in a diabetes clinic at Kirkcaldy Health Centre, found her application to run for Diabetes UK rejected as well.

She said: “It just so happened a patient mentioned an advert in the Fife Free Press from the Children’s Trust looking for runners and two weeks later - in November - we got in.”

Ruth and Gill need to raise £2000 each for the charity, which provides specialist care for children with brain injuries.

A sell-out Burns’ Supper has helped bring Gill to the halfway point, while Ruth, who works as a PA for a commercial property firm in Edinburgh, is sitting at £300.

They’ve both embarked on a 16-week training plan which will see them ramp up the miles until April 26.

Gill said: “We need all the support we can get, so if anyone sees us please peep your horn and keep us going! “

They are also appealing to local schoolchildren to help design two running costumes - preferably lightweight ones.

“My daughters think I’m bonkers to be doing this but we’re absolutely gobsmacked to be able to do it and raise money for a fantastic charity that’s not really well known,” said Gill who added she was in “such a happy place running”.

“It takes you away to another place,” she explained.

Both Gill and Ruth have Justgiving pages for people who wish to donate online. Visit www.justgiving.com/gillmcgovern or www.justgiving.com/Ruth-Hunter5

Schools interested in helpdesign a costume for the London Marathon can contact Gill on gillmcg@btinternet.com.