Boughton woman to defy injury and walk marathon

Reporter:

Neil Bellis

A NURSE is determined to complete this weekend’s London Marathon as a celebration of her 26 years in the profession – even though she will be forced to walk the course.

Heather Lannin, of Hope Cottage, Boughton, is currently raising £1,500 for the Hospice of the Good Shepherd, near Chester.

But looking ahead to the big event on Sunday, she revealed: “I did a sprint marathon in October and I picked up an injury from it to my hip so I am electing to be sensible and walk.

“As a nurse I would be telling people to do the same so I should take my own advice.

The 48-year-old will join fellow members of the Chester Lions team in the race on Sunday and said she is delighted to be helping such a good cause.

Heather said: “I have been a nurse for 26 years and the marathon is obviously 26 miles long so I’m running it as a celebration of that.

“There has been a lot of people who have helped me throughout my years as a nurse and I’m doing this as a thank you to them.”

Heather, who ran her first marathon two years ago, said: “I would love to run the marathon but unfortunately I can’t.

“I feel like if I wasn’t injured I could run three in a week because I run on heart, mind and spirit.”

l Anyone who would like to donate to Heather’s cause is requested to do so online at www.justgiving.com/heather-lannin

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