Women get ready for Great North Run challenge

Vanessa MacKinnon and Louise Bradley, customer service assistants at Stamford Library who will be taking part in the Great North Run
Vanessa MacKinnon and Louise Bradley, customer service assistants at Stamford Library who will be taking part in the Great North Run
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FOUR women will be among thousands taking on the gruelling challenge of running 13 miles during the Great North Run.

Vanessa MacKinnon and Louise Bradley, who both work as customer services assistants at Stamford Library, will be taking part in the event on Sunday.

Vanessa ran for the first time last year and her enthusiasm inspired Louise to have a go.

Louise said: “Vanessa was amazed by the atmosphere and friendliness of all the spectators cheering her on.

“This inspired me to have a go.”

Louise, who trains with Bourne Town Harriers, is running in aid of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research in memory of her foster mother, Sheila Duffin, while Vanessa, a Stamford Strider, is running for the Royal British Legion.

Viki Knight, 42, of Alexander Crescent, Oakham, will run with her friend Angie Lambert, also of Oakham, for Parkinson’s UK.

The charity is close to Viki’s heart as her father, David Spencer, the founder of Rutland Panther Watch, suffered from the condition for more than 13 years. He died in July.

The friends, who have three children each and are both married, are not keen runners but Viki took part in the Great North Run in 2006 and Angie, 46, has run the London Marathon in the past.

Viki said: “I just want to complete it as a celebration of my dad’s life.”

They are hoping to raise £1,500 for the charity and are near their target.