Norfolk charity worker has sights set on marathon

There are two main reasons why Hilary Richards will be giving it her all to complete the London Marathon this weekend.

The first is to raise money for the Norfolk charity that she works for and the other is to try and beat her husband's best time in the event.

Mrs Richards, originally from Lowestoft but now living in Thorpe St Andrew, is director of care at Break, which helps vulnerable children, adults and families.

It will be the second time she has attempted the 26-mile feat.

The 44-year-old said: 'I did the Beccles and Bungay marathon about six years ago and swore I'd never do it again.

'I'm an ex-heavy smoker, from the age of about 14 onwards I smoked 30 a day before giving up 17 years ago.

'I started my training for this seriously in September and survived through the icy months though so I know what to expect. It will be a bit different in London to Beccles and Bungay though.'

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Mrs Richards has set herself a target of �1,500 and has already been pledged nearly �1,200.

'I am raising money for our Children's Homes Added Value Fund because my profession has always been as a social worker and I have always looked after children', she said.

'The fund allows us to help children who have left care homes, because often they have no family or anyone to support them when they leave.'

There would be one added bonus for Mrs Richards if she completes the marathon in her target time.

'I'm aiming for four hours and twenty minutes, which will be 10 minute miles, and will also mean I will be one minute faster than my husband Graeme's best time.

'So he is supporting me but hoping I don't manage it, because it will mean he will have to run it again to beat me', she said.

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