a FARMER’S wife from Newton-in-Bowland will run this year’s Great North Run to raise funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Society after a close friend was diagnosed with the illness.
Susan Hartley, of Burn House Farm, who has taken part in the Newcastle-based half marathon for the past three years, is currently in training and goes out running at 5-30 a.m. before working with her husband Stephen on their beef and sheep farm.
“This is the third year I have run this race and this year I am running for the Motor Neurone Disease Society as a very close friend of mine, Mrs Elaine Bradley, a local lady who has lived in Clitheroe all her life and has lots of friends in and around the area, was diagnosed last year as having the disease,” explained Susan.
“I would like to help raise monies for this charity as Elaine and her husband, William, mean a lot to myself and my family.
“At the moment I am running six miles every other day and am up to 12 miles training.”
Susan is hoping to complete this year’s run in just over two hours.
To donate call Susan on 01200 446393 or 07969 540585 or visit www.justgiving.com/SUSAN-HARTLEY