Mother of three Kerry Hesketh from Bournemouth, and her older brother Craig Kennedy, are running together in the London Marathon on 24 April. They are aiming to raise £5,000 between them for the NSPCC.
Kerry, aged 38, has recently become a foster parent and is determined to make a difference to the lives of children who need support, upholding the NSPCC’s slogan that ‘Every childhood is worth fighting for.’
She is no stranger to marathons having competed in the Comrades Marathon in South Africa. Arguably the greatest ultra marathon in the world it covers 89km, approximately 56 miles, and Kerry finished in 11 hours and 59 minutes, not only that, she took part in it twice when she was aged 30 and 31.
Will the London Marathon seem like a walk in the park by comparison?
“No,” says Kerry. “Mentally, I know I can do it, but it is still challenging and I really want to absorb the sights of London when I take part.”
Does she have any tips to would-be marathon runners? “Stick to your training schedules and eat healthy food,” she advises.
To help her and Craig reach their £5,000 target for the NSPCC, Kerry is appealing to 100 businesses to put up £50 each in sponsorship. They have already raised £600. To sponsor,