A young mum has raised her fitness levels and raised over £2,000 for charity by running six major races in a year.
Debbie Rowett, from Buckingham, ran her latest race, the Royal Parks Half Marathon, this month, raising more than £1,000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Next year, the mother of two wants to run her first marathon, but for now she’s decided to hang up her running shoes until after Christmas.
This time last year, Debbie, aged 29, said she was quite unfit and could not even run two miles.
She said: “I just wanted to get fit. I wanted to lose a few pounds after having the children.”
Debbie, who works for Black Dog HR in Buckingham, joined local running club Winslow Warriors, and found herself inspired by the club’s leader, Jane Simons.
“She’s a very good runner and very passionate and she’s been someone I’ve looked up to,” said Debbie.
So far this year, Debbie has run the Richmond Half Marathon, the Great North Run, the Nottingham Half Marathon, the Oxford Town and Gown 10km and the National Lottery Newham Anniversary Run around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
She’s been supported all the way by husband, Ian, and children Leon, aged five, and Zoe, aged four.
In the Royal Parks Half Marathon, Debbie beat her personal best by 10 minutes, coming in ahead of celebrity broadcaster Ben Fogle and only a few minutes behind Ellie Goulding, with a running time of 1:45:33.
Debbie said: “I still can’t even believe that. I must have been so emotionally charged on the day, but it shows what you can achieve if you put your mind to it.”
She added: “It’s been a great year, raising so much for charity.
“I sat there on New Year’s Eve last year and thought, I want to sit her next year and think I’ve met some personal goals and achieved something.
“It’s been a good character-building year and it’s nice to give something back.
“Now I absolutely love sport and I’m considering training to be a fitness instructor in my spare time.
“This is just the start for me.”