Gym training pays off

Roberta Blair (left) and  Joanna Henry
Roberta Blair (left) and Joanna Henry

TEACHING assistant Roberta Blair was determined to be in the best shape possible for the five-kilometre run.

The English Martyrs RC School and Sixth Form College worker spent weeks in the Hartlepool school’s gym in preparation for the big day.

And she went a step further to back the cause. She donated money from sales at a school tuck shop to the cause and raised £60 – part of the overall £150 she estimates she has fundraised.

Roberta, 36, from the Owton Manor area, said: “It might have half killed me but I have been to the gym three times a week for weeks now.”

She ran the race in around 40 minutes and said: “It is such a good cause.”

Unfortunately, her mum Joanna Henry, who is her usual running partner, had to pull out of this year’s Race For Life with a foot infection.