Woman celebrating 40 by taking on London Marathon

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Turning 40 is an important life milestone and one that Rachel Morgan has decided to mark by getting fit and taking on a marathon.

Rachel, from Fareham, will be running this year’s London Marathon for The Rowans Hospice on April 24 in tribute to her father.

And she’s had help from the Fareham Crusaders running group which has helped transform the caring mum-of-two into a marathon runner in time for her big birthday.

Rachel is a governor and volunteer at St Jude’s Catholic Primary School where her husband Dayle Morgan, 46, works. She also works in the cafe at Fareham Leisure Centre.

Rachel said: ‘My husband thinks I’m mad! I applied for the London Marathon on the off-chance that I would get a place.

‘I didn’t think I’d get in. I thought if I did get in I’d better join the Fareham Crusaders, who have been so supportive.

‘The running club is really friendly, and as I’ve lost weight the running has got easier.’

She tried running several years ago, but couldn’t fit it around her busy schedule as a mum. Now she says she’s back into the swing of things and feeling fitter than ever.

‘I stopped running for about four years because of the kids’ commitments,’ she said.

Rachel applied for the marathon last year thinking it would be a good way to celebrate her 40th birthday in the memory of her father, Brian Colverson.

The 69-year old spent his final weeks at the Purbrook hospice 12 years ago. Rachel said: ‘The marathon is not going to hurt me anywhere near as much as the pain the cancer patients are going through, so if I can raise money for them it’s worth it.’

Rachel’s two children, aged 12 and 15, attend Oaklands Catholic Secondary School and they are both beginning to follow in her running footsteps. Rachel said she has been overwhelmed by the generosity of donations she’s received so far and would love to smash her original £500 target.

To donate, visit justgiving.com/Rachel-Morgan24.