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

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 or

Schools interested in helpdesign a costume for the London Marathon can contact Gill on