CHARITY runners in Filey are hoping to make waves for the town’s lifeboat in the Great North Run.
Two teams of athletes will be taking to the streets of Tyneside next month for the gruelling 13.1 mile challenge including Welford Road husband and wife duo, Ian and Linda Hinchliffe.
Linda, a member of the Ladies Lifeboat Guild, will be taking part in her fourth event and is confident of doing well - even if she hadn’t fully planned to take part!
She said: “ After my last one I said never again but my friend talked me into taking part.
“However, she then couldn’t make it so I was on my own until I roped my husband into running it with me.
“The training hasn’t been too bad and I did 10 miles the other night so I’m feeling pretty good.
“Ian has also run the marathon before and is pretty fit anyway as he’s quite sporty, he looking to finish in around two hours and 10 minutes and I’m targeting two and a half hours.
“Being a member of the Ladies Lifeboat Guild has made me aware just how important the charity is and we’ve both pledged to raise £300 each which we really hope to achieve.”
Mrs Hinchliffe, works in Yorkshire Bank, in Murray Street, has also set up a collection point for people to make donations at the bank.
The second group of runners feature Filey lifeboat station treasurer, Claire Fenby, with crew members Bryony McCauley and Vanessa Thomas and their sisters Rachel and Ruth Thomas.
The girls, who have aided their training thanks to a loan of a treadmill from Scarborough’s Compass Gym, are in confident mood ahead of the event and hope to raise funds for the lifeboat service, which needs £1,214 to train one crew member every year.
Claire added: “Even if we have to complete by walking the last few miles we will complete the challenge!”.
Anyone wanting to sponsor the girls should contact Claire on (01723) 514602.