A Donside woman is dusting off her trainers to compete in her first marathon for seven years.
Susan Brown, who lives in Alford, will be running the 26.2 mile race for the third time at the Virgin London Marathon on April 22.
Susan, 45, is running to raise money for SANDS (The Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society) and the Alzheimer’s Society.
She originally set herself the challenge of raising £500 for the charities but is now closing in on the new target of £1500.
Susan, who is part of the International Accounts team at Technip in Westhill, holds both chosen charities close to her heart.
“Previously I have always done all my fundraising for SANDS, as it is dear to our hearts with the loss of our son Daniel in 1993,” she said. “However this time around I thought I would join it with Alzheimer’s because our family and friends’ families have experienced this condition first hand in our parents.
“If I can cross that finish line I will find it really emotional, thinking of why everyone has donated their money.”
Susan is targeting a finish time of 4hrs 30min but says she is looking forward to competing in London, nine years after her first appearance.
She said: “I adore the London Marathon because of the great atmosphere and how it inspires people of all ages and abilities to get involved or take up running. The organisation and the crowds on the day make it so special.”
You can sponsor Susan on her fundraising page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SUSANBROWN2