A midwife who “never thought she’d run a marathon” is set to do just that next month.
Charlie Fisk will be running London Marathon for ActionAid on 26 April, having only recently started her running journey.
The mother joined Suffolk County Council’s Outreach scheme last year in a bid to improve her wellbeing and fitness.
The initiative aimed at those doing less than 30 minutes of strenuous exercise a week helps participants train for a half marathon.
Charlie smashed this goal, completing both the Twilight 10k and the Great Eastern Run, and got bitten by the running bug.
“I wanted to keep going,” she said. “I did Cambridge Half Marathon last Sunday and now [it’s the] last few weeks of intense long runs ready for London.”
Charlie’s chosen charity supports women and children in poverty.
“As a midwife I see women in all states of life and I want to help them,” she said.
“My experience highlighted women’s rights to me and women shouldn’t be ignored or pushed aside and made to feel weak.”
And Charlie admits running has transformed her own life.
“I realised you can do whatever you want to do,” she added.
You can sponsor Charlie via her Justgiving page Charlie’s Marathon Journey’.
Good luck Charlie! We know you’ll ace it.