A West Norfolk woman is preparing to put her best foot forward by making her 10K debut in memory of her best friend.
Janie Green, from Outwell, will compete in this year’s Grand East Anglia Run as a tribute to her best friend who collapsed and died in front of her just six months ago.
She will join more than 2,000 other runners on the start line of the Asda Foundation Grand East Anglia Run in King’s Lynn on Sunday, April 30.
Janie was left devastated in September last year when her best friend, Trevor Finch, 57, who suffered from a heart condition, died in front of her.
Janie, 36, is taking on the challenge to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.
She said: “We had been to an auction in Spalding and had returned to King’s Lynn. Trevor was talking to my younger sister when he just fell backwards.
“He had suffered similar collapses before but this time we couldn’t resuscitate him.
“He was my best friend and I and taking part in the run because I want to do something to help people with similar problems to Trevor.”
Just over a year before Trevor’s death, Janie’s father died of brain cancer and her brother-in-law Tony Watson and his son, Marc, have also signed up for the run and will be raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Janie, who has already raised £250 for the British Heart Foundation, said: “Our fundraising is going well and we are looking forward to the event.
“This will be my first 10K and the training is going well. We run every other night and are steadily building up the miles. I am enjoying the running and it’s helping me to get fitter.”
Janie, who began her preparations back in January, said: “When I first started to train I felt terrible and to start with I was feeling pretty nervous about it.
“I ran three miles on Tuesday night and have been trying to train every other night.
“I’m looking forward to it and it’s something I hope to continue to do. We are looking to take part in a half-marathon next.”
This year’s run is a 2,500 sell-out.
One of the region’s biggest charity runs features a scenic route taking in the town centre, River Ouse pathway, The Walks and a number of historic buildings including Red Mount, the Custom House and Greyfriars Tower.