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Charity effort, mountain challenge and ironman

Three Counties Running Club members are doing amazing things during lockdown while adhering to COVID guidelines.

Having something to focus on during this very uncertain time can really help physically and mentally.

Club member Janette Smith took part in a fantastic charity challenge which was to complete 26.2 miles in January.

Her chosen charity was Prostate Cancer UK as, sadly, her husband David was diagnosed at the beginning of the year with this very horrible illness.

Janette Smith (44317422)
Janette Smith (44317422)

So Janette wanted to raise money and awareness. She initially set herself the challenge to raise £120. She soon smashed that so gradually increased it to £500, £600 and then £700.

She well and truly surpassed that target and on Sunday her total stood at an incredible £1,160. Janette also decided 26.2 miles wasn’t quite far enough and ended up running a total of 72 miles for the month.

– Jacqueline McGonigle took part in a virtual challenge called the Mourne Seven Sevens 17,052 Elevation Challenge.

Jacqueline McGonigle (44317424)
Jacqueline McGonigle (44317424)

The participants had eight weeks to complete the challenge but Jacqueline finished early, with four weeks to spare.

It was originally thought that the Mourne Mountain range had seven mountains all over the 700m mark. However, it was recently discovered that Slieve Meelmore only stands at 682m but remains to honour the tradition of the Seven Sevens.

The seven mountains are: Slieve Meelmore, Slieve Lamagan, Slieve Meelbeg, Slieve Bearnagh, Slieve Binnian, Slieve Commedagh and Slieve Donard, with a combined elevation total of 17,052ft.

Jacqueline was awarded with the official buckle for completing this fantastic event.

Andi Woolley (44317436)
Andi Woolley (44317436)

– Club member Andi Woolley competed in a worldwide virtual Ironman event consisting of a 1.5k run, 20k bike ride and finishing with a 5k run.

Andi completed the event, including transitions, with an incredible time of 62 minutes.

Not only that but Andi finished globally 241st out of 5,121 participants, 48th out of 542 in his age category and an incredible fifth place in his age category in the UK. A fantastic achievement.

– Mandy Doggett set herself the challenge of running 100 miles for the month of January which is the first time she has ever completed so many miles.

– Zoe Gourley took part in a 10k virtual run for World Cancer Day which was on February 4. Zoe bagged herself an unofficial PB of 52:53.

In honour of Captain Sir Tom Moore, when club members heard of his very sad passing they decided to run 5k in his honour.

Members will be participating in an official 10k race for Tom at the end of February.

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