Mum bounces back at gruelling ultra-run
A mum battled back from a ‘disappointing’ marathon performance to complete a 69-mile challenge in honour of her son.
Liz Fell, of Tallington, was thrilled to finish Rat Race The Wall with her husband Simon in their latest fundraising event.
The gruelling ultra-run takes competitors on a 69-mile course alongside Hadrian’s Wall within a 24-hour time limit.
They were raising money for four charities which have supported the family since their son Isaac was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2016 - Clic Sargent, Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group, Starlight and Children With Cancer.
Liz said: “I was really disappointed with my London Marathon time and experience.
"To pick myself up to do this eight weeks later was not easy, but definitely worth it when we crossed the line. Even the aches, pains and blisters were worth it.”
The couple travelled to Scotland with their parents, 11-year-old Isaac and younger son Noah, nine, who cheered them on at pit stops along the route.
Liz said: “We really looked forward to seeing them to keep us going.”
The course includes hills, dales, steps and stiles, with the addition of torrential rain this year.
By 55 miles the couple was forced to alternate running and walking to make sure they reached the end.
They finished in 16 hours and 10 minutes - well within the time limit.
Liz said: “When we saw the boys waiting near the finish the floodgates opened and I sobbed with relief, exhaustion, delight and accomplishment.”
The couple have raised £573.
Donations can be made at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LizFell