A UTTOXETER veterinary nurse has pushed through her pain barrier to raise vital funds for a charity close to her heart.
Daina Fearon, of Park Street, completed the Adidas Silverstone Half Marathon with the Stroke Association’s running team in two hours, 11 minutes and 32 seconds at the weekend.
She raised more than £600 for the charity which supported her nan when she had three strokes.
The 25-year-old, who works at Abbeyfields Vets, in Rocester, said she made an excellent recovery thanks to the charity’s research and staff considering she is 94.
Speaking of the half marathon, Miss Fearon, who says she is thrilled to be raising money for the association, said: “I am over the moon. I only had eight weeks to train for it and I was aiming to finish it in two and a half hours so I beat my time, I’m really chuffed.
“I want to continue my fund-raising for the Stroke Association but I don’t know what my next event will be.
“I don’t want to give up my running and to want to keep pushing myself.
“I have never felt pain like it when I finished.
“A lot of professionals who were in the event said it was a hard run because of how windy it was on the day.
“I was quite lucky I completed the run but when I stopped at the end it hurt.”
It is not the first time Miss Fearon has pulled on her running shoes for the charity as she took part in the Stroke Association’s Resolution Run last year so wanted to continue challenging herself this year.
She added: “It was my personal best but I have only ever run a 5k race before and that was last year.
“Then I didn’t do any running until I found out about this and got told I have the place on January 4 and then I only had eight weeks of training to run 13.1 miles but I did it.
“It was just a case of getting through the pain and almost going numb to it.
“I would like to thank the Uttoxeter Masons, as my dad is part of them and they helped raise a lot of money, all my friends and family and my clients and colleagues at Abbeyfields.
“Also Security Plus Limited, The Smithfield Hotel and everyone who supported me.”
The historic Silverstone track is said to be an ideal venue for first time runners, or even experienced runners looking to do a personal best.
The event is growing in popularity, with more than 6,000 runners taking part last year alone.
Debra Rawlings, of the Stroke Association, said the charity relied on runners like Miss Fearon to help continue their work into helping people who have suffered from a stroke.
She said: “This is one of our favourite half marathon courses.
“We rely on people like Daina to help us change lives.
“The money raised will go to help prevent strokes and reduce their effect through campaigning, education and research, and also to help support the 1.1 million people in the UK adjusting to a life after stroke.”
A stroke is a brain attack which occurs because of a clot or a bleed in the brain, causing brain cells to die.
Each year, one person has a stroke every five minutes in the UK.