Harleston mum thanks community after marathon effort raises £1,700

Jennifer Clarke, of Harleston, raised �1,700.
Jennifer Clarke, of Harleston, raised �1,700.

A Harleston mum who took part in her first ever half marathon to “pay tribute” to all those affected by cancer has thanked the community’s support after beating her fundraising target.

Jennifer Clarke took part in the challenge in September, securing £1,700 for MacMillan Cancer Support, completing the half marathon in a time of 2 hours, 25 minutes and 20 seconds.

For those with Cancer giving up is not an option and I hope this money goes a little way in helping make someone’s battle a little easier

Jennifer Clarke

Miss Clarke was initially challenged by friend and running partner Mark Mitchell to enter, but her desire to enter the marathon was confirmed when her mother, Christine, was diagnosed with cancer in January.

The Harleston resident also carried the names of those affected by the disease on her race shirt.

Miss Clarke said: “Thanks also to everyone that let me put names on my shirt, it was them who I was thinking of when my legs hurt, I couldn’t catch my breath and felt like giving up.

“For those with cancer giving up is not an option and I hope this money goes a little way in helping make someone’s battle a little easier.

“It was a good day. Everything went well and I made it to the end, which was the most important thing.

“I would just like to say thank you to everyone who sponsored me and put their name on the shirt.

“I’m really delighted I ran for their loved ones.”