A Corby Glen woman will run the London Marathon this month for the tenth year in a row.
Penny Hedley Lewis, 66, will be mastering the 26.2-mile challenge in the 2015 Virgin London Marathon on Sunday, April 26, and will be joined this year by her daughters, Melissa, 32, and Amanda, 30, as well as her son-in-law, Peter Callas, 33. Penny ran her first marathon in 2006 aged 57, and has completed the London challenge ever since, achieving a personal best of 4.03.59 in 2012.
Penny and Peter will be raising money for the British Red Cross, a charity that Penny has supported for many years, as President of the Lincolnshire branch.
Penny said: “Training has been going well, even on Lincolnshire’s few hills. The good news is London will be flatter! I look forward to chasing my daughters around and raising money for a cause that makes a real difference in Lincolnshire.”
Amanda, from Corby Glen, but currently living in London, will be raising money for Tommy’s, a charity funding crucial research into miscarriage and still birth. In September 2014, two of Amanda’s very close friends sadly lost their twins, just three weeks before they were due to be born.
Amanda said: “I’m super excited to be pounding the streets on April 26. As well as finishing, my main aim is to raise as much as possible for Tommy’s.
“It will be an emotional day but knowing that I’m doing it in memory of the boys and to support a brilliant charity who have made a big difference to such close friends will keep me going. My other aim is to beat my mum, but I don’t think that’ll be easy either!”
For Melissa, the marathon is just the first step in an ambitious 2015.
After the London experience, she’ll step up for the gruelling TDS in August, 120 kilometres through the French Alps in the Mont Blanc area, climbing to 7,500m.
To sponsor Penny for the British Red Cross, visit PennyHedleyLewis
To sponsor Amanda for Tommy’s, visit mazhedleylewis