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Ballymena Runners trio run 4 miles every 4 hours for 48 hours to raise funds for Cancer Focus NI

(L-R) Declan Hassan, Judith Worthington, and Tony Scullion after completing the fundraising challenge at the Ecos Nature Park, Ballymena, on Sunday. (PHOTO: Mark Alexander)

Ballymena Runners trio - Judith Worthington, Declan Hassan and Tony Scullion - completed a gruelling challenge on this weekend of running four miles, every four hours, over 48 hours, all in aid of Cancer Focus NI.

The three runners ran the miles each from their own homes, before coming together to run the last four mile stint at the Ecos Nature Park. Friends and families provided much needed support, and cheering them on until the end of the challenge.

Ballymena mum Judith Worthington

Ballymena mum Judith Worthington came up with the challenge at the beginning of this year.

Judith set herself a challenge to help get improve her personal fitness after having a difficult year of illness and sport injuries, and her mum, who is a cancer survivor, provided the inspiration and realisation that it would be the perfect opportunity to raise much-needed money for Cancer Focus Northern Ireland at the same time.

Running enthusiasts and fellow members at the Ballymena Runners club Declan Hassan and Tony Scullion came on board to support such a great cause.

A keen runner, Judith has completed eight marathons in the past including KBC Dublin Marathon, London Marathon and Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon, as well as many half marathons and shorter races. Previously Judith to took part in the Great Northern Run to raise funds for the charity.

“I wanted to set myself a tough challenge without too many miles so I could build up my strength and confidence again,” she said.

“My mum was diagnosed with cancer over 20 years ago when she had to have chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Now, I want to support a local cancer charity as obviously it is close to my experiences and the cash raised might provide others with some form of emotional support,” she explained.

“I have been back running now a few weeks and I just wanted to set myself a goal and a challenge and thought it would be good for others to get involved too.”

Well done to the amazing trio - what a brilliant achievement.

So far, over £1,300 has been raised by the epic challenge. If you are able to, Judith, Declan and Tony would appreciate your donations to this worthy local charity.

DONATE: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Judith-Brown31

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