NURSE and mother-of-two Rosie McSweeney is looking forward to taking part in this year’s London marathon despite suffering setbacks with her training.
Rosie, 37, of The Ridge, will be running on April 21 to raise money for the RNLI.
She was inspired to take part and support the charity after witnessing an incident off the beach at St Leonards, on Christmas Day last year.
The lifeboat crew were called out, however tragically the woman in question could not be saved.
Rosie is a theatre nurse at Benenden Hospital in Cranbrook, Kent, and also a member of Hastings Athletics Club.
She first took up running around four years ago to improve her fitness.
Training for the marathon was going well, and she had managed to complete a 17-mile run, but she then suffered a knee injury and then came down with bronchitis.
The good news is that Rosie is now on the mend - and is excited by the forthcoming challenge.
She said: “I feel that I’m mentally and physically prepared for the marathon.
“I’m nervous, but excited at the same time.”
It will be Rosie’s first marathon, but she has run half-marathons in the past, as well as a 10-mile cross country event and various 5K challenges.
Cheering Rosie on along the route and at the finishing line will be her husband Jim, her two children and her mum and dad.
She has already raised more than £300 in sponsorship.
To support Rosie’s efforts visit her fundraising page at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RosieMcSweeney.