The wife and mother of a self-confessed “rugby family” will take centre stage at next month’s London Marathon.
Kelly Shields (41), a self-employed consultant for the food industry, is preparing for a journey into the unknown on Sunday, April 23.
But Kelly has the backing of husband and Spalding Rugby Club junior coach Mark Shields, mini rugby playing sons Sam and Oscar, nephews Ben and Will and the wider rugby family in raising money for sports injury charity, The Matt Hampson Foundation.
Kelly said: “It’ll be my first-ever marathon and I’ve heard it’ll be the most amazing experience I’ll ever have.
“But I’m very nervous as well because even though I’m not new to running, I’ve only done the Cambridge Half-Marathon a couple of times.
“I’ve also done triathlons but I’ve always wanted to do a marathon and I’m finding out how hard it is.”
It’ll be my first-ever marathon and I’ve heard it’ll be the most amazing experience I’ll ever haveKelly Shields, of Moulton
Kelly is set for a 20-mile training run this weekend, followed by a 22-mile run next weekend just three weeks before her big day on the streets of London.
She said: “I tried to get into the London Marathon a couple of times but I’ve not been successful.
“Then my husband saw that the Matt Hampson Foundation had a marathon place available, so I contacted them in January and got in that way.
“It was all very quick but the Foundation has been really supportive and it’s been an easy charity to raise money for because everybody knows someone who has been supported by its work.”
To sponsor Kelly, go to https://www.justgiving.com and then type in her name.