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Marathon effort from local lasses

TWO Shetland women joined 13,000 others who flocked to Glasgow’s south side for the 18th women’s marathon on Sunday.

While Kenyan 10,000 metre world champion Linet Masai set a new course record of 31:08, 33 year old Fiona Shearer crossed the finishing line 20 minutes later in 610th place.

Her 31 year old sister Stephanie Bain, who has only just taken up running, did well to complete the course in a commendable 1:04:31.

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The sisters were running for the Breast Cancer Campaign charity, having lost their mother Kathleen Grant in 2006 to breast cancer. Kathleen was a keen sports person, and the sisters said they were proud to have run the marathon in her memory.

After the race, Fiona said: “It was amazing. I feel inspired, and it was emotional at times. The atmosphere was electric, everyone was very supportive.”

Stephanie added: “I really enjoyed the run and event as a whole, the crowd was fantastic at keeping me going when I needed it.  I’m looking forward to next year!”

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So far the pair have raised about £500, but anyone still wishing to donate to Breast Cancer Campaign can email Stephanie on stephgrant99@hotmail.com

Also running among the sea of women in the largest 10Km road race in the UK were Weisdale lasses Julie Kirkness (40) and Lynette Smith (34).

Alos new to the 10Km, Julie finished with a time of 51:26, finishing 688th , and 122nd of the 40-44 age group. Lynette completed the course under the hour, in 57:06.

Having raised almost £500 to date, these two were running in aid of Cancer Research UK, and to donate to their charity people can contact Julie at juliekirkness@shetland.gov.uk

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