Marathon runner’s final sprint

Marathon runner Susan Penman.

Marathon runner Susan Penman.

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Elie pharmacy manager Susan Penman is putting in a final fundraising sprint as the days count down to her debut in the London Marathon.

She is not a newcomer to marathons but it is her first London race and the excitement is mounting about taking part with more than 40,000 other runners, including sister Fiona Moore.

I won’t be running with my sister - she’s faster than me

Susan Penman

“But we won’t be running together - she’s faster than me,” said Susan (41), from Leven, who runs with Anster Haddies.

She is raising money for Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA), setting a £1000 target which she now hopes to double. The air ambulance is Davidsons Chemist’s nominated charity but Susan knows the value of the service to rural areas.

“We had a customer last year who was saved by SCAA, she was airlifted to Ninewells and was told she would not have survived if she’d been transferred by road,” she said.