Marathon effort

Joanne Conroy and Julie Ruby running London marathon for the NSPCC
Joanne Conroy and Julie Ruby running London marathon for the NSPCC

A DARING duo will tackle a marathon challenge to boost the coffers of a children’s charity.

Workmates Joanne Conroy, 32, and Julie Ruby, 36, will run the 26.2 mile London Marathon in April to raise cash for the NSPCC.

Joanne, of Bailey Close, Pontefract, said: “We’re novice runners and it’s a massive challenge, but we’re so excited and can’t wait to do it.”

The pair, who work together at First Direct in Leeds, hope to raise £4,000 for the NSPCC through sponsorship and fundraising events.

Joanne said: “We’ve started a training programme, go out running at least three times a week and are also spending time in the gym.

“We’ve been running together around Pontefract and Castleford – we’ve been around Pontefract Racecourse more times than we can count.

“The training’s going really well and it’s great we’ve got each other to egg each other on.

“We need to raise £2,000 each, but we’ve pooled together to work for a total of £4,000.

“At the moment we’re almost halfway to our target, but we hope to raise as much money for the charity as possible.”

Joanne, and Julie, of Birchen Close, Whitwood, have also raised cash for the charity by taking part in the Inglebrough Hike Against Cruelty to Kids (HACK) – a 26-mile hike in horizontal rain and gale force winds across the Yorkshire Dales.

Visit Julie to sponsor the pair.