A brave Barrowford runner has put two heartbreaking experiences behind her to complete the Berlin Marathon for charity.
Nicola Nuttall, who witnessed the devastating aftermath of the Boston Marathon in April and underwent an operation the following month to remove a prolapsed disc, conquered the 26-mile course in three hours and 36 minutes.
The mum-of-two, who ran the race with her sister-in-law Leo Anson, took on the challenge in memory of her granddad Ron Greaves – raising £300 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Nicola, of Park Street, said: “I was pretty nervous at the start as I really didn’t know if my back was going to stand the punishment of running 26 miles.
“Once I got into my stride, everything felt relatively ok so I stuck with a steady, comfortable pace. It got a tougher at 20-miles but eventually the route took us through the Brandenburg Gate and finally to the finish line.
“It was a huge race with 40,000 runners from 119 countries and as it was the 40th anniversary of the Berlin Marathon, it felt very special.
“I feel much more confident about the prospect of running in Boston next April and I’m really looking forward to going back to the city.”
Having now overcome her own personal obstacles Nicola has now promised her physiotherapist that she will try and rest throughout October.
The 43-year-old, who owns Nelson’s children’s play centre Giddy Kippers and who captains Trawden Athletics Club’s ladies team, added: “I’ll probably run some shorter races with my Trawden AC team mates but nothing too strenuous.
“I’d like to thank to my family, friends and team mates who have supported me and helped me to get back on my feet and all the sponsors who have helped me to raise £300 for Macmillan Cancer Support.”