Journalist Jane Manning is hoping to swap deadlines for the finish line as she prepares to run the London marathon later this year.
Jane, who is deputy editor at the Scunthorpe Telegraph, is currently training for the gruelling long-distance event – which she first took part in three years ago.
Jane, (39), said: “That was the last – and only – time I have done the marathon. I got the official T-shirt across which were the words ‘Marathon runners have one less thing to do in life’.
“I thought that was an excellent motto and satisfied myself I would never have to go through that pain again.
“But every year when I watch it on television I want to be there, and feel the exhilaration I felt before. It is an amazing experience.”
Last time around, Jane raised cash for the Scunthorpe branch of Arthritis Care because several members of her family have been affected by the painful condition, and this time she will be running in aid of the Crosby Community Association which helps people with issues such as benefits, housing and debt.
Jane said: “The CCA does an excellent job of helping people across the community.
“In the time I have lived in this area I have seen it develop into quite a remarkable organisation. I am impressed by the dedication of its staff and volunteers and the amazing work they do, improving people’s lives.”
Jane is currently training for the big race by doing one run of between 18 and 20 miles a week, with shorther distances in between.
And she will join thousands of other runners on the streets of London on April 18.
She said: “The last time I did it my dog Mo accompanied me on all my training runs.
“This time he, like me, is a bit older – so he is just sticking to the shorter outings. I fully expect him to be there on the day though – as he was last time!”
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