Taking a bite of the Big Apple for charity

Jennie Cunliffe who ran the New York Marathon to raise funds for St Michael's Hospice SUS-151119-161054001
Jennie Cunliffe who ran the New York Marathon to raise funds for St Michael's Hospice SUS-151119-161054001

A stalwart Bexhill resident overcame a number of obstacles whilst training for the New York Marathon and went on to successfully complete the challenge raising over £1,500 for St Michael’s Hospice.

Jennie Cunliffe, 33, competed in the 26 mile New York Marathon, on Sunday November 1. Prior to the event Hastings Direct Quality Assessor Jennie, faced a number of barriers which hampered her training, including being kicked by a cow and a car crash. These accidents left Jennie unable to train for 8 weeks, but sheer will and determination meant she still managed to complete the course in 4 hours 26 minutes and 9 seconds.

“It was definitely one of the toughest, but also the most exhilarating things I’ve ever done,” she said. “The first 18 miles flew by and running through the scenery of New York was an amazing experience. I am so pleased to have raised this money for such a worthwhile cause. My friends have humbled and amazed me with their generosity and this shows what a worthwhile charity they think the Hospice is, but also that they thought a lot of my Dad who received Hospice care.

”I thank every single person who’s donated and motivated me to get me round the marathon. I say this because if I hadn’t been fundraising for something I believe in so much, I probably would have given up after the car crash as I was in so much pain and the crash knocked my confidence as well as my training.”