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 firstname.lastname@example.org.