A Buckingham woman who has secured a place in next year’s London Marathon is urging others to join her in Team NSPCC.
The NSPCC has been chosen as the official charity partner for the race in 2016, a year that also marks 30 years of the charity’s ChildLine service.
Beverley Lufkin, aged 51, said: “In 2000-2001, I took part in the BT Global Challenge round-the-world yacht race.
“The whole team applied for the London Marathon by ballot, and was refused. Since then it has been on my bucket list.”
When the call went out just before Christmas for NSPCC runners for the 2016 London Marathon, Beverley jumped at the chance.
Beverley, a commercial bid manager for BT, said: “As a home worker, it has been too easy to get unfit sitting for eight hours at the PC each day.
“I took up running to lose weight, which was difficult.
“I needed a purpose to get my running shoes on, especially when it rained. So I signed up and now I am one of 10 BT runners around the UK doing the London Marathon 2016 to raise £30,000.
“It’s my way of helping the next generation and keeping fit at the same time.”
She added: “This will be an enormous six-month challenge throughout the winter months.
“Already I have signed up to the Oxford half marathon on September 15 and the Silverstone half marathon on March 16, so there is no going back.
“If you see me running circles in the parks around Buckingham, say hello, run with me, or simply support my running journey over the coming months to meet my target of £3,000.”
Apply to be part of Team NSPCC at www.nspcc.org.uk/londonmarathon