Plodders take the pain for charity

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A GROUP of “Plodders” from Spalding paced the town at night to prepare for their ultimate team endurance challenge.

Members of the local committee of Action Medical Research were promised pain for gain for taking part in The Plod – “40 miles, 16 hours, one goal”.

Sarah Patterson, who was support for the Paddington Plodders’ team of four, said: “We were told it wasn’t for the fainthearted or the unprepared and that was certainly the case.

“The were lots of aches and pains and blisters afterwards, but we’d trained hard and completed the course.”

The Plod took place at the Rutland Round, starting at midnight on Friday, September 14.

Part of the route was around Rutland water, but a lot was in darkness across fields and rough terrain. Sarah said: “We trained at night with head torches along the riverbank to prepare ourselves.”

The Plodders raised more than £1,500 and funds are still coming in. Anyone who would like to make a donation should visit the donation page at