Marathon runners conquer New York to help Pickering

    Karen Phillips and Ellen Kent

    Tunbridge Wells residents Karen Phillips and Ellen Kent took part in the New York marathon in aid of The Pickering Cancer Drop-In Centre and Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association.

    They have raised more than £4,000 for the two charities after running through the iconic streets of the Big Apple on November 6.

    The decision to run came after a few glasses of champagne at the Hug Many event on The Pantiles last New Year’s Eve.

    Karen was competing in her third marathon but Ellen had never attempted the 26.2-mile distance before.

    “We chose the Tunbridge Wells Pickering Cancer Drop-In Centre because of the amazing support they gave to Karen’s dear friend Jo whilst she was battling cancer,” said Ellen.

    “As a result of her challenge to look after her son as a single mum whilst having treatment, the ‘Smile’ Foundation was set up.

    “Since Jo’s death in August 2015 the Foundation has gone on to support others single mums in Tunbridge Wells.”

    She added: “It was an amazing experience with over 137 bands and performances along the route.  The locals were incredibly supportive.

    “It was a tough marathon with over five iconic bridges, but we have raised some money for two great charities.”

    To make a donation, visit their Keep Calm and Cramp On campaign page at uk.virginmoneygiving.com

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