Justine’s bid in honour of her sister

On her marks: Justine Lawson prepares for the Royal Parks half marathon. Photo: SG150911-150NG
On her marks: Justine Lawson prepares for the Royal Parks half marathon. Photo: SG150911-150NG
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A WEIGHT Watchers leader is putting what she preaches into practice by training to run a half marathon.

Justine Lawson is now on the final stretch of her five-month preparations for the Royal Parks Half Marathon next month in aid of the MS Society.

She has chosen the charity to benefit from her efforts because her sister, Sonia Sparkes, was diagnosed with the condition three years ago.

She hopes to raise £500 for the cause, which offers invaluable information and support to people affected by MS, which causes symptoms including loss of sight and mobility, fatigue, depression and cognitive problems. There is currently no cure and few effective treatments.

The mum-of-two, of Kimblewick Lane, Spalding, said: “I am always encouraging my Weight Watchers members to increase their activity levels and thought it was time I took my own advice.

“Being aware of my sister’s mobility problems I decided that if I am lucky enough to have legs that work I should put them to good use.

“I thought a half marathon would provide a good challenge and this is certainly proving to be the case.

“When I started training I couldn’t even run round the corner but with a bit of hard work and dedication I am confident I will be able to complete the course.”

The Royal Parks Half Marathon will take place around Hyde Park in London on Sunday, October 9.