Pals raise money for town’s bureau

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Two women ran the Nottingham Robin Hood Half Marathon to raise money for the Citizen’s Advice Bureau in Eastwood.

Pals Diane Calladine and Jane Webster – who raised £432 – went from doing no exercise at all to jogging eight miles twice a week to train for the event at the end of September.

Jane, who works at the bureau, said she is now looking for her second challenge, but Diane wasn’t so keen.

She said: “Never again! It about killed me. The last mile was just never ending!”

But the 42-year-old, who lives in Dawson Close, Newthorpe, did say she was pleased with how much they raised, and was proud of her achievement.

“Neither of us exercised at all before,” she said. We joined Eastwood Hall gym to start training in January and we couldn’t run a mile! We were a bit out of shape and used to get very red-faced!”

Jane, 42, lives in Belper and works at the advice bureau in Nottingham Road.

She is also on a voluntary committee to raise money for the organisation, and said the marathon was the ideal opportunity.

“We just want to do as much as we can to raise money for both the bureau and its volunteers.

“The marathon was a good goal – something to aim for and a personal challenge.

“I would do it again. The atmosphere was amazing as was the support we got with sponsors.”

The Robin Hood half marathon set off at Victoria Embankment and went through the city and the Meadows, through Beeston, onto Nottingham University and back through the city.