Handling pressure is all in a day’s work for nurses in the accident and emergency unit at the Royal Blackburn Hospital.
But finding the time to train for the Great Manchester Run on Sunday, May 22nd, is proving more of a challenge.
The team of seven are raising money for The Christie, the world-famous specialist cancer care centre in Withington, Manchester.
Different shift patterns have meant getting into shape for the 10k run which attracts up to 40,000 runners has been very much an individual effort.
Advanced Nurse Practioner Julie Charnock, from Fence, has not taken part in the Great Manchester Run before.
Julie is so dedicated she sets her alarm for 5-20 am to embark on a four and a half mile training run to meet husband Graham as he finishes the night shift at his job in Padiham before the couple drive home.
“It’s not easy getting up so early for a run and then to do a day’s work.
“It would be impossible to get us all out together on a run so we have to fit in training whenever we can as we get ready for the race.”