A MOTHER from South Derbyshire says she has been bitten by the running bug as she continues to raise money for a charity close to her heart.
Nikki Reeves from Woodville recently took part in the Manchester Marathon, where she raised money for the National Autistic Society. Her two sons, Finlay and Cayden, have both been diagnosed with autism. The 40-year-old completed the course in 3 hours and 39 minutes, meaning that she has qualified for a place in next year’s London Marathon through the Good For Age scheme.
In preparation for the big event, she is also entering the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in Liverpool on May 25 as well as the Great Midlands Fun Run on June 1. Nikki says she is also planning to undergo the ultimate endurance test by taking part in the Equinox 24-hour race in September.
She added that taking part in races has become a bit of an addiction and that she is always on the lookout for the next one to compete in, especially if it means adding to her fund-raising target of £500.
Nikki told the Mail: “I needed to do something for myself. With both boys being autistic, raising money for the National Autistic Society is something that I wanted to do for a long time. I used to do a bit of running when I was younger, and then I took it up again in order to lose weight, which I achieved but then it was about keeping my fitness levels up.
“I did a 5k run and thought it was easy, so I’ve gradually built up my distance from there. You get an excitement from it and when you finish you look out for the next one to take part in. I’ve been using Facebook and Twitter as well as my justgiving page to try and raise money but I’m still looking to raise more in future races.”
Donations can be made via her justgiving page - http://www.justgiving.com/nikkiakatigger