Two sisters have been pounding the streets to raise money in memory of a friend they lost to leukaemia.
It’s nearly a year since 27-year-old Gosport mum-of-one Amy Dougan died after battling cancer.
Since then, her family and friends have worked tirelessly to raise money for Cure Leukaemia. So far nearly £10,000 has been raised.
So Kitty and Amie McMonagle decided they wanted to play their part by taking on the Great South Run.
And since they started training in April, between them they have lost seven stone.
Kitty, 25, of Elson Road in Gosport, said: ‘We thought it would be a brilliant thing to train for and to look forward to.
‘When we first started we couldn’t even run off the cycle path. Now, we are at eight miles.
‘With the weather the way it has been, it’s been hard work.
‘But it’s really important. Thinking about Amy will get us through it.
‘We were close. She was a kind and generous person.
‘When we are out running we always talk about her.’
Now, the girls have got just a couple of weeks until the 10 mile run around Portsmouth on Sunday, October 28.
Amie, 30, added: ‘It’s something I have always wanted to do. We were all a bit chubby before Amy died.
‘I think she would think it was amazing. She would be shocked, she wouldn’t believe it but she would be really happy.
‘We were more pub dwellers than runners. But physically I feel amazing and I hope that my sister will carry on running after this. I don’t want to stop running now. I love it.’
Amie added it’s important to raise money for the charity.
‘It means everything especially to her family. We are keeping her memory alive,’ she said.
To sponsor the pair, please visit justgiving.com/Amy-Dougan.