8th Dec, 2016

Emma smashes marathon target

Aaron Wise 1st Jul, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A KIND-HEARTED Pershore marathon runner has raised more than £1,000 for a children’s charity.

Emma Harris, of Vale business JMDA Design, has raised £1,329 for Wooden Spoon, who support disadvantaged and disabled children, by running the Edinburgh Marathon.

Renowned for being particularly challenging, Ms Harris completed the gruelling marathon in an impressive three hours and 59 minutes and smashed her initial fund-raising target of £500.

Wooden Spoon is solely reliant on public fund-raising and is one of the largest funders of medical treatment centres, sensory rooms, specialist playgrounds, sports activity areas and community based programmes in the UK.

As well as the marathon, JMDA Design will celebrate its 25th anniversary with other fund-raising activities in aid of Wooden Spoon, including a raft race, golf day and clay pigeon shooting.

Ms Harris, who trained for 16 weeks to prepare for her first ever marathon, said: “I made my way to the starting line feeling excited and nervous and the atmosphere started to build as I lined up in my start pen.

“The crowd counted us down from ten and then we were off. I reached the halfway point in one hour and 53 minutes which was great and helped me to reassure myself I could finish in under four hours.

“The second-half was tough mentally and physically, but I focused on my goal and reminded myself I was doing it for a great cause. The feeling of crossing the finish line was great.”

Derrick Barker, managing director of JMDA Design said: “Emma put her heart and soul into the Edinburgh Marathon to help support Wooden Spoon. We’re very proud of her and the money is continuing to flood in. What a super achievement.”

Call JMDA Design on 01386 426100 or e-mail marketing@jmdadesign.co.uk to view the full list of upcoming charity events or for more information.