Mum defies cut to run marathon

FUNDRAISING STARS -- Mandy Sims (right) with brave daughter Abbie
FUNDRAISING STARS -- Mandy Sims (right) with brave daughter Abbie

A HUCKNALL mum defied injury to complete a gruelling marathon in aid of charity.

Well-known Mandy Sims, of Penhale Drive, took on the 26-mile Robin Hood run in Nottingham to raise money for When You Wish Upon A Star.

The organisation makes the dreams of seriously-ill young children come true.

Mandy (45) has backed the charity since it picked her daughter, Abbie, to visit Santa at Lapland. Abbie (now 16) was diagnosed with a life-threatening brain tumour at the age of seven.

In the weeks before the race, Mandy fell while on holiday in Menorca and had to have stitches in a cut to her knee.

However she bravely carried on and completed the run in four hours 11 minutes and 27 seconds. It is the first time she has competed in the full race, having tackled the half-marathon last year.

Mandy, husband Rick, Abbie and several friends and family also completed a climb up Mount Snowdon in Wales earlier this year for When You Wish Upon A Star.

The climb and the run have collected a combined total of more than £4,000.

Reflecting on the marathon, Mandy said: “It was tough. The stitches in my knee only came out a few days before.

“If someone had asked straight after if I would run it again, I would have said never. But I’m already considering entering next year!”