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Harrow fundraiser taking on first marathon in five years for deafblind charity Sense
A charity fundraiser will be returning to racing for the first time in five years when she takes on a half marathon next month.
Jackie Bowles, from Harrow, is running the Royal Parks Foundation half marathon to raise money for deafblind children and adults at charity Sense.
The organisation helps deafblind children and adults overcome the isolation they face on a daily basis and take part in daily activities most people take for granted.
The keen runner has worked in the organisation’s fundraising department for the past three years and says the hard work the charity carries out inspired her to get involved herself.
Jackie said: “Working at Sense for three years, I got to know the great work the charity does and the difference our services can make to the lives of those with sight and hearing impairments and their families.
“I’ve always wanted to run for Sense and do something different other than my job to show my support to the people we help.”
Jackie has completed several full and half marathons in the past but has not competed for five years since she picked up an injury.
She is aiming to cross the finish line in less than two hours and has been training three times a week to get in shape.
She said: “One of my friends just completed his 100th marathon and others are competing for GB in duathlons, so I’m around some inspiring people.
“The fact that they tell me off when I miss training means I have to turn up. On the day I’ll try not to think about it as 13.1 miles - it’s just three, four-ish mile runs.”
To sponsor Jackie, you can visit her fundraising page here. www.justgiving.com/JacquelineBowlesBringItOn
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