A husband-and-wife from Market Harborough will both be taking part in the London Marathon later this month.
Sharon Foxon and husband Steve hope to cross the line side-by-side, while raising money for the mental health charity Mind.
Sharon, who works for town firm CDS Global as a business solutions manager, said she was “massively surprised” when the couple were both awarded a place in the marathon on April 26, via the ballot.
Sharon said she and Steve (37), a builder for Paul Collins Building Ltd, had celebrated before “a bit of panic set in” at the thought of all the training.
But through all the months of preparation, the couple have hardly ever run together.
“We have two girls, aged nine and six, so we do all the training separately,” explained Sharon.
Both have completed one marathon each before – but again it wasn’t together.
“I did the London Marathon last year for The Squires Effect, and Steve did the Leicester one.”
But Sharon (40) said she is confident there won’t be any tiffs during the arduous, emotional 26.2-mile journey through the capital.
“We’ll just be encouraging each other,” she said.
So just how hard is running the London Marathon?
“It’s harder than childbirth,” said Sharon. “But the crowds get you through it.
And the last mile up The Mall is just goosebumps.”
The couple hope to raise £500 for Mind.
To find their fundraising page go to uk.virginmoneygiving.com/giving/ and type in Sharon Foxon’s name.