Marathon team raise £22,000

Some members of the Wellingborough and District Athletics Club
Some members of the Wellingborough and District Athletics Club

A group of 44 runners from the Wellingborough and District Athletics Club ran more than 1,144 miles as part of a marathon race effort.

Runners from the Wellingborough and District Athletics Club have competed in marathons in London, Paris, Brighton and Milton Keynes.

They all received medals and they raised more than £22,000 between them for various charities through their participation in these events.

Club spokesman Kim Freeman, who ran her fifth marathon this year in Brighton, said: “Normally there’s about 10 people who do a marathon from our group each year

“But there was a huge amount of people doing a marathon for the first time this year.

“We’ve had a lot of new members join the club recently and a lot of them were inspired by other members to have a go.

“We are all very proud of everyone for what they have done this year. Everyone had a very positive experience.

“Our runners get huge support from other members of the group and we are always cheering each other on.

“We are known as the green army when we compete in national competitions because we wear green vests.

“People can come along and join us. We train in six groups – from beginners to the fastest runners.”

Training sessions take place at Wellingborough School, Irthlingborough Road, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6pm.

People who can run at least four miles already can join the club.

Budding young runners can also join the juniors section of the club.

High-visibility tops or vests must be worn in all seasons.

For further details email info@wdac.org.uk or visit www.wdac.org.uk.