THERE are numerous fun and exciting ways people choose to celebrate their 50th birthday – but not many would pick running the London Marathon!But that is what keen runner Vicky Martin, from Greenfield, will be doing this spring as she tackles the famous run for charity for the third time on April 26.
And as the event is just ahead of her landmark birthday in May, Vicky, who is a lecturer in law at Manchester Metropolitan University, has pledged to raise £5,000 for charity.
Her chosen cause is MACS, which supports children (and their families) who are born without eyes or with underdeveloped eyes.
Vicky explained: “They are a small charity which gets most of its funding from the London Marathon and all the money goes to the charity.
“The CEO has a MACS condition and his mum ran the marathon with us last year to help raise funds.
“As I will be 50 this year I’m hoping to raise £5,000. It’s a big ask but I’m sure we can make this target together. I and MACS are grateful for every single donation of any size.”
Vicky was due to run her first marathon in 2017 with her twin sister Sarah and two other friends as they all gained charity places but Vicky had to defer due to injury.She has run for MACS in every London Marathon since then and this year will be joined by her cousin.
Those not joining Vicky on the day can still get on their feet to help raise funds as there is an 80s and 90s night at Boarshurst Band Club, Greenfield on Friday, March 13.
Music will be provided by Mick the Fantastic Dancing DJ and there will be hot food, a raffle and a wine/prosecco bar as well as a general bar serving other alcoholic and soft drinks. Fancy dress is optional but very much encouraged! The event runs from 7.30pm-11pm.
Tickets cost £6 and all proceeds will go to MACS. Tickets can be bought from Scona in Greenfield or online www.eventbrite.com/e/80s90s-disco-tickets-90765834053
You can also support Vicky through her sponsorship page online: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/VickyMartin2