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Ten out of ten for Whaplode St Catherine marathon runner Diane




Windermere Marathon runners and Halmer Harriers members Lisa Gill, Diane Morris, Steve Tucker and Rob Hammond. Photo by Rob Morris. (2457837)
Windermere Marathon runners and Halmer Harriers members Lisa Gill, Diane Morris, Steve Tucker and Rob Hammond. Photo by Rob Morris. (2457837)

A marathon runner from Whaplode St Catherine has quickly adjusted back to normal life after a marathon stint of ten races in ten days.

Mother-of-six Diane Morris shrugged off two quadricep tears to finish the Brathay 10in10 around Windermere in Cumbria.

Diane, a member of Halmer Harriers Community Running Club in Spalding, has so far raised nearly £3,000 for Brathay Trust, a UK-wide charity aiming to improve the lives of children, young people and families by encouraging community involvement.

After becoming one of just 117 members of the Brathay 10in10 Club, Diane said: "It was really hard to adjust afterwards because I was physically tired and mentally tired.

"But I just accepted the fact that I was there to run marathons and none of us who did it could get what all the fuss was about.

"We were looked after so well by medical students from the University of Cumbria who we were introduced to on the first evening before Brathay 10in10 started.

"They made sure that we were looked after on the physical side, as well as nutritionally and in term of diet."

Diane averaged a finishing time of about five and half hours for each marathon, until an leg injury hampered her progress towards the end of the challenge.

She said: "Most of the time I coped really well with it, apart from one day in the middle when it got a bit tough because I'd been away from home for a long time.

Rob Hammond, Diane Morris and Lisa Gill of Halmer Harriers Community Running Club, Spalding and South Holland. Photo by Rob Morris. (2457843)
Rob Hammond, Diane Morris and Lisa Gill of Halmer Harriers Community Running Club, Spalding and South Holland. Photo by Rob Morris. (2457843)

"Then on day nine, it kind of went wrong at six mile in when I tore my left quadricep.

"One of the medical crew noticed that something was wrong and told me to 'go steady on your left leg'.

"It eased off until, at mile 20, I felt it again and a member of the medical crew promised me I could run on it on day ten.

"But I was reaching for a drink on day ten and, at mile 18, my right qudricep went and it was a bigger tear that the left one.

"Even so, I knew what I'd done and what needed to do in order to finish."

Diane was also helped on day ten, the Windermere Marathon, with support from three more Halmer Harrier runners, Lisa Gill, Steve Tucker and Rob Hammond.

At the end of her tenth marathon, Diane was presented with a medal, commemorative slate rock and a book by legendary Lake District fell runner Josh Naylor.

Diane Morris and Josh Naylor after Brathay 10in10. Photo by Rob Morris. (2457840)
Diane Morris and Josh Naylor after Brathay 10in10. Photo by Rob Morris. (2457840)

Diane said: "It was very much 'one day at a time' because when I thought about the fact that I had ten marathons in ten days, it was too much."

You can still sponsor Diane by visiting https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/diane-morris50



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