A DETERMINED Colne runner will take on the Great North Run for charity, despite just recovering from major surgery.
Deborah Shaw underwent surgery after tearing cartilage in her knee, but that has not put her off taking part in the 13-mile run on September 18th in Newcastle.
All the money Deborah raises through sponsorship will support a Pendle domestic violence project called the Lookout.
A keen runner, Deborah has taken part in the Great North Run and Edinburgh Marathon before, but says training for September’s challenge is difficult because of her injury.
“It is quite hard work but I’m taking little steps, gradually building up my distance” she said. “I can just about do seven miles now so I’m confident that by September I should be able to manage it.”
Deborah, of Carr Road, Colne, was inspired to raise the money after hearing about the Lookout project from a friend.
She said: “I was invited to take part in the Lookout’s fund-raising walk but couldn’t, as I had already signed up to do the Great North Run and I thought both would be too much for my knee to take.
“But I really wanted to help raise money and awareness for such a great cause so I decided I would do the Great North Run in aid of the Lookout project.
“It’s nice to be helping a local cause get off the ground, especially one which does such fantastic work.”
The Lookout is a project which supports young people between the ages of 11 and 25 who have been affected in any way by domestic abuse. They may have experienced it directly from adults, siblings or peers or may have witnessed domestic violence and need support.
Sarah Griffin, who runs the project said: “The Lookout is a new project which need support. The funding we receive will be spent on taking the young people we help on excursions and allow them to take part in more activities.
“It will also pay for more hours of staffing for the project so we can help more young people.”
“I’m really pleased Deborah has chosen the Lookout as the charity she would like to run for this year, she is amazing.”
There are still places for people to take part in the 16-mile walk in aid of the Lookout on September 10th. Participants will walk from Victoria Park, Nelson, to Victory Park, Barnoldswick, raising vital funds for the project and awareness. Everyone is welcome to take part. Entry is £5 and walkers will be given a T-shirt to wear. Those wishing to register to take part should contact Sarah on 07737352344.
Anyone wanting to sponsor Deborah for her Great North Run can contact her on 07976 524060.