Mum races to £700 finish line

PUBLISHED: 13:00 17 December 2012

Rachel Stacey with husband Pete.

Rachel Stacey with husband Pete.

Weston Hospicecare

A WESTON mother has handed over £700 to Weston Hospicecare after running the town's first half marathon with her family this year.

Rachel Stacey, aged 49, was unable to take on the Mercury Mendip Challenge due to other commitments and was determined to train for Weston’s first official half marathon.

Despite admitting she had not completed any serious running since she was at school, Rachel still believed making the finish line of the 13.1 mile race was achievable.

The mother of two said: “I desperately wanted to raise some money this year for the hospice and the life-changing work it does.

“My husband, Pete and I started our training in Thailand and gradually built up to running through Weston Woods and along the beach. Sometimes it seemed impossible but as the sponsorship grew, I knew we couldn’t give up.

“When September 23 arrived, we were ready for the challenge. Supported by my daughter, Gemma and son Darren, who also took part, we braved the wet weather and completed the course.”

Rachel completed the run in two hours and 29 minutes.

Next year is set to be even more exciting for the hospice, with five Virgin London Marathon runners securing Gold Bond places for 2013 in an effort to raise a combined minimum of £10,000.

If you’ve not yet secured your place for a running event this year contact the fundraising team on 01934 423960 or email

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