A charity worker from Daventry has completed two half marathons in just four weeks to raise vital funds for an adoption charity.
Elaine Kristan, human resources manager at Adoption UK, finished Sunday’s Oxford Half Marathon in two hours, 14 minutes. Just four weeks ago she completed the Great North Run (GNR).
The 39-year-old, who lives in Pembroke Way, said: “I am always nervous before events but this time was much worse as I had been ill for the week and a half before Oxford so had done nothing.
“I had trained really sensibly in the build up to the GNR, ensuring that I started doing my longer runs of over 10 miles much earlier that I have done in previous years. I really felt the benefit of this in the GNR and enjoyed every step.
“However, I knew that based on how I felt in the weeks immediately after previous years that I would find it hard attempting another half marathon so close. I had given myself some time to rest and then did some smaller runs increasing to 10 miles two weeks ago.
“Then I was taken ill so literally did no exercise at all until the Oxford Half day arrived and I decided to take the pressure of myself and forget about aiming for a time and just make sure I finished in one piece.
“I found the run really tough from mile 8 onwards, I could have stopped at any point as my legs felt like they were running through treacle. The support from the crowds was great, hearing people cheering your name really gives you the much needed encouragement to carry on.”
This year’s event started on St. Giles and a new route took in the famous Radcliffe Camera, the Sheldonian Theatre, the Bodleian Library and many of Oxford University’s world-famous colleges.
Elaine said: “The route was all through the streets of Oxford and was beautiful. It was such a relief to finally finish. I was delighted with my time, only three minutes slower than GNR.
“When I was younger I was not sporty at all so it does feel like a great achievement to have ran two half marathons in a month and to have raised some money for Adoption UK.”
Anyone who would like to sponsor Elaine can do so by visiting her Just Giving page.
If you would like to support Adoption UK by taking part in a similar event, find out how to get involved here.