A team of staff from a Northampton supermarket will run this year’s Silverstone half-marathon.
Four employees from Morrisons in Kettering Road will take part in the event at the race track on Sunday, March 3.
Mo Johnson, aged 61, will raise funds for the JDRF juvenile diabetes research foundation after her 14-year-old grandson Connor was diagnosed with it three years ago.
Home and leisure manager at the store, Mrs Johnson, who gave up smoking just over a year ago, said: “When I stopped smoking I decided I needed to do something. I have never done anything like this in my life before. My grandson can’t believe his nan could do anything like this.”
Sales assistant Tom McNee, aged 25, will run for fun after having a heart operation five years ago.
Mr McNee from Abington, who has taken part in the event before, said he is hoping to beat his time this year.
Sarah Yorke, aged 29, and assistant deputy manager Ian Clarke, aged 49, will run for Northampton charity, Children Are Butterflies, after Miss Yorke’s seven-week-old son Tyler died two years ago.
The charity supports bereaved families who have lost children of any age, and check-out supervisor Miss Yorke said: “I have supported the charity since Tyler’s death and done the marathon since then. It is something I will continue to do for as long as I can.”
Mr Clarke said: “I’ve never run anywhere of any distance before but I’m quite surprised that I’m getting used to it.”
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