Inspired by a paralysed woman who completed the London marathon in a robotic suit, three colleagues will be raising money by clocking up the 26.2 miles on a treadmill.
Scheme manager of LACE Housing’s Brick Kiln Place in Grantham, Emma Ward, along with support co-ordinators Tracey Warren and Michelle Cook, were in awe of Claire Lomas when they heard her story at their work awards night in November.
After a riding accident in 2007 left her paralysed from the waist down, Claire Lomas from Melton Mowbray wore a robotic suit to conquer the London Marathon in 2012. Crossing the finishing line after 17 days, she raised more than £250,000 for spinal injury research.
She continues to complete challenges in order to raise money, and is patron of The Nichollas Spinal Injury Foundation, which LACE has chosen to be its charity of the year.
Emma said: “When Claire went through all her achievements at our work awards we found it so inspiring. We wanted to do something off the back of that.”
On the date of this year’s London marathon, April 14, the trio will take it in turns to cover the distance on a treadmill provided by a local hire company.
While both Emma and Michelle have had some experience doing runs, with Emma being a member of Grantham Running Club, Tracey is an inexperienced runner, and none of them have ever attempted a marathon before.
To prepare they are meeting every Monday for training, and they hope that having Brick Kiln Place tenants and colleagues to cheer them on will make all the difference.
“I’m feeling OK about it as I quite enjoy running, but it is going to be a challenge,” added Emma.
You can sponsor their efforts and donate to The Nichollas Spinal Injury Foundation, by going to www.justgiving.com/ BKPladiesLACEuptheirlaces