Marathon effort from local woman

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A FOVERAN woman who took part in the London Marathon has raised over £2000 for the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Claire Mitchell, who works for the Store, at Foveran, participated in the gruelling 26.2 mile run, despite having a foot injury on the day. She has previously raised money for the SSPC through coffee mornings, and participated in a sponsored swimmathon for McMillan Cancer which raised £600.

Claire told the Times that it was tough going, particularly after injuring her foot before the race.

“I had the injury before I started, and managed to jog about half of the course. I’m not a runner, so I was aiming to cross the finishing line: I knew I had to, given the number of people who had sponsored me!

“I took around seven hours, but could be content in knowing that I had finished.

She added that the support of her friends and family were invaluable.

“I’ve always watched it on TV, and decided that it was now or never to run,” she said. “My husband George encouraged me - I’m 40 this year, so wanted to do it now.

“My friends and family were a big help, and so were my colleagues who helped to organise coffee mornings towards the final total. Everybody’s been brilliant. My target was £1500, so I’m pleased to have exceeded this.”

Animal lover Claire - plans to hand over the cheque for £2000 later this week, However, she is still collecting, at www.justigiving.com/Claire-mitchell2.