The ‘fab40’ charity challenge involving 40 groups and individuals is gathering pace, with £1,400 raised so far.
The fund-raising organised by Grantham Running Club member Ruth Dunstan from Belton Lane during her 40th birthday year, is in aid of Mind, Combat Stress, Barnardo’s and Grantham Home Start.
It has seen participants compete in various sponsored events all across the UK, most recently the Manchester marathon on Sunday run by Ruth along with Nikki Carr, Wendy Tremain, Wendy Hobson and Lucy Roberts.
Mental health therapist Ruth who completed what was her first full marathon in four hours and seven minutes, said: “The atmosphere was brilliant and although I was really nervous, after a difficult first couple of miles I relaxed and started to enjoy it.
“It was a personal challenge but knowing that I was also doing it for the fab40 charities and that people were there to support me and doing their own difficult challenges helped me to keep going. Rounding the corner in front of Old Trafford and seeing the finish line was unbelievable,” she added.
“I shared the experience with some very close friends whom I have shared more and more experiences with over the lasts few months and I am very grateful for their friendship and support. I have been motivated and inspired by many people.”
Particularly inspiring is 61-year-old Paul Durham from Lime Grove, Grantham, who has completed 40 10k runs in 40 days. A group of fellow ‘fab40’ fund-raisers turned up to cheer him on for his last run.
The challenge has so far collected £1,400, with more events including runs, outdoor swims and bike rides planned as they aim to raise at least £1,000 for each of the four charities.Ruth is also fund-raising at the Grantham Railway Station car boot sale on May 3.
Donate at www.justgiving.com/teams/ruthsfab40