NOT only did a first-time half marathon runner pip her target finishing time but she also raised valuable funds for Oldham Mountain Rescue Team along the way.
Kim Southerington, 34, took on the Oldham Half Marathon, regularly described as ‘one of the toughest halfs in the UK’, in October.
It was the fourth and final part of the 2017 Milltown to Moors series but the first ever half marathon that Kim had taken on.
And she crossed completed the 13.1-mile distance and crossed the finish line in 2hours 56 minutes – beating her target of three hours – and has so far raised nearly £200 for OMRT.
“My main aim was just to be able to complete and it would be a bonus to do it in under three hours,” Kim explained. “Not only did I complete it but I did it in 2hrs 56 mins.
“‘Gruelling’ is a pretty accurate description and I hit the wall around nine miles in. But the support was brilliant including ex-participants accompanying us up a particularly steep hill and offering jelly babies as well as local businesses offering cups of water.
“Despite being one of the last to finish, the enthusiasm and encouragement of all involved held up to the end and was greatly appreciated!
“I said I’d never do it again but I’ve done a couple of 10ks since so knowing me I’ll probably forget the pain and sign up next year as I’d like to do the triathlon in the series.”
The half marathon takes runners over a 1100ft ascent and over a hilly route that includes views of Saddleworth villages and the moorland landscape of the Peak District National Park.
To show their appreciation for Kim’s efforts, OMRT invited her to visit them at their base in Greenfield, where they train and meet up.
To support Kim and OMRT, donate go online at: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/kimsoutherington
Find out more about the Milltown to Moors series 2018, online: www.milltownraces.co.uk