A great north run for Caroline
Caroline is celebrating – and resting – this week after taking part in the Great North Run.
She finished the race, her first half marathon, in two hours 21 minutes, just one minute more than her scheduled time. A brilliant effort in hot weather.
It was her dream to run a half marathon before she’s 50, and her next goal is the London Marathon. She’s got a place already, and the training for that will be starting as soon as her legs recover.
Caroline, who started running only two years ago, is fund-raising for the charity Lupus UK. Lupus is a rare and complex condition which attacks the body’s immune system, and Caroline’s 21 year old daughter Natalie is a sufferer. “She was diagnosed when she was 15, but it had taken two years to identify from when she first showed symptoms,” said Caroline.
“That’s not unusual as the condition is very difficult to identify. We are helping the charity in their attempts to research the causes, and possible treatments, for Lupus.”
Natalie is a beauty advisor and make-up artist for Estee Lauder at Selfridges in London. Younger sister Elizabeth, 7, a pupil at Windermere Prep School, is playing her part by helping Caroline’s training efforts – she goes alongside on her bicycle when mum goes for a run. And the school have helped the fund-raising effort with a charity coffee morning for the cause. There’s also been a fund-raising tea party here at the hotel.
Caroline started running after joining a “boot camp” at Windermere School, run by Helen Westmorland who is now her personal trainer. “As a Londoner who fell in love with the Lakes, I loved training in this landscape. We’d run with Helen for a while, then she would stop for a stretching session, and she would say: stretch towards the fells, stretch away from the fells. You don’t get that experience in London.”
There’s still time to help by sponsoring Caroline at http://www.justgiving.com/CarolineKaye