Joanna conquers The Wall for St Oswald’s Hospice
It always amazes us to hear the brilliant things that our supporters do to raise funds for St Oswald’s patients and families.
Joanna Lord, 51 from Chapel Park, Newcastle is a keen runner and has around 18 marathons under her belt, including three London Marathons in aid of the hospice.
Last year Joanna decided to further boost hospice funds by taking on something new and even more challenging so she signed up to The Wall; a 1 day, 70 mile ultra run, from Carlisle to Newcastle!
The Wall takes its name from its route along the historic Hadrian ’s Wall, travelling west to east and at 70 miles long, would be Joanna’s toughest challenge to date. Joanna’s big day began in Carlisle at 6.30am on 19th June and the course took her through the stunning Northumberland countryside. Refreshment stations were positioned at regular intervals to ensure the runners were hydrated and fuelled.
“I had heard of people doing this event before and always felt a little jealous, so although it was daunting, I knew it was my time to give it a go. It seemed like the perfect way to raise money for the hospice too, with it being such a huge challenge.
“I ended up running with Vanessa, a lady who is a friend of a friend but I had not met in person before. We just paired up on the day and I am glad I did because running with someone else made such a difference. My husband, daughter and son in law were a great support on the route, as well as my new friend Vanessa‘s husband and friends we saw along the way.
“I was amazed to finish the race with not a single blister and there was really only one low point, at about 50 miles, where I was feeling pretty fed up. But we put on our music and sang along and just pushed on. We crossed the line sobbing with relief and pride, it felt amazing to have been able to complete the course, especially in just one day.”
Joanna covered 70 miles in 17 hours and 40 minutes, arriving at Newcastle’s Millennium Bridge at 12.20am. We are absolutely amazed by her efforts and the £600 she raised for the hospice is much needed and gratefully received.
“St Oswald’s is a great charity and have seen first-hand the amazing work it provides to both patients and their families through volunteering in the kitchens and on the ward. I am proud to be able to have helped the in this way.”