Wendy urges runners to sign up for King’s Lynn GEAR race and change their lives

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A fundraiser is in training to run her first London Marathon next month, having only taken up the hobby through the GEAR race.

Wendy Fisher first ran the 10k race around Lynn three years ago after being asked to set up a team for Mars Food UK where she was working.

And she will be back on the start line on May 3 just a week after tackling the 26 mile course around the capital in aid of the Association of Young ME Sufferers and Cystic Fibrosis.

Wendy began running through the weekly Park runs in the Walks and special GEAR training sessions.

She said: “I really enjoyed running with other people. It made it much more fun and less of a chore.

“I would encourage people to join the park runs or the beginners’ training sessions and give it a go. It’s so much fun and it’s so rewarding.”

Mars Food are again supporting this year’s race, supplying 1,000 Mars Bars for the fun run goody bags, and 2,000 Dolmio Pata Vita lunch pots for the 10k goody bags.

The Lynn Food Bank will also receive a £50 donation for each Mars employee that takes part.

Race director Roger Partridge has appealed for other runners to share their stories of how the race has changed their lives via the event’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/BespakGEAR

He said: “This event has achieved so much more than we had originally anticipated, even though we can never put numbers on the achievements.

“Lots of people have taken up running thanks to the event, and lots of charities have benefitted as a direct results of the event.

“We would like to thank everyone that enters and all our supporters and volunteers for making it all possible.

“We are sure the stories we get to hear about are just the tip of the iceberg, but would love to hear other people’s stories via our Facebook page.”

Meanwhile, entries for this year’s GEAR are still open.

To sign up, go online to www.grandeastangliarun.co.uk