Mandy takes jogging to a whole new length

Marathon runner Mandy Woods (left) presents the cheque to Celia Laverton outside the Air Ambulance Shop in Spalding.
Marathon runner Mandy Woods (left) presents the cheque to Celia Laverton outside the Air Ambulance Shop in Spalding.
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MANDY Woods started running just over three years ago with the idea of losing a bit of weight.

Mandy, of North Parade, Holbeach, thought she might “jog a bit”, accompanied by her brother and sister, and had no idea she would end up completing a marathon.

In fact Mandy (48), who works behind the counter at Nationwide in Holbeach, completed this year’s London Marathon, and in the process raised £4,400 in donations for the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance, one of the largest individual contributions to the charity.

“It’s probably the first race I have run since the egg and spoon race at school,” joked Mandy.

“I got on really well, although I was not as quick as I’d hoped.”

A hot day meant that Mandy’s practice times of under four-and-a-half hours went out of the window and she completed the marathon in four hours 57 minutes.

She said people had been incredibly generous in their support, in particular Patrick Limming and staff at J W Limming, Jim Wright Engineering and his wife Alison, as well as staff and customers at Nationwide.