Marathon mum Laura throws down charity challenge

Laura Singleton after completing London Marathon
Laura Singleton after completing London Marathon
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Marathon mum Laura Singleton is challenging fitness fans to row their “boat” for half a million metres.

Laura (32), from Billington, ran the London Marathon just a week after the Manchester Marathon, and will tackle the Berlin Marathon in September and the New York Marathon in November.

Now she is inviting people to tackle a different kind of marathon by clocking up 500 kilometres in five days – the equivalent of nearly two marathons a day – on a rowing machine at Oakhill Academy gym, Whalley. Members and staff are rising to the rowing challenge, starting on Monday May 11th, and other supporters will also take part.

“They can jump on for just five minutes or as long as they can,” said Laura.

The money is for the disabled young people’s sports charity Get Kids Going!

Mum-of-four Laura used to be a size 20 and took up exercise to lose weight.

She began walking from her home to the Oakhill gym and shed four stones through exercise, healthier eating and walking.

She was disappointed with her London Marathon time of four hours 48 minutes, and had to stop several times.

“I thought my body had recovered after the Manchester Marathon but obviously it hadn’t,” she said. “I was in tears, but I was determined to finish.”

Laura was cheered by the news that she has been accepted for the New York Marathon, and is appealing for sponsors.

Her donation page is: