Training pays off for Justine

From training around Geurie of a morning to tackling “Heartbreak Hill” in the City to Surf and jogging all the way with 85,000 people, Justine Williams just finished her second marathon this year with a personal best of one hour and 40 minutes (instead of last year’s one hour 56).
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The mother of three and daughter of Wellington locals Dorothy and Neil Blake, first started jogging last year in the Couch to 5km program and became hooked by the sport.

Money raised by Ms Williams in the Sun Herald City to Surf on Sunday will go towards Epilepsy Australia, a cause very close to her heart.

“Epilepsy has touched our family in the past 12 months, with my niece passing away at the age of 25 from a suspected epileptic episode last June,” she said.

Her previous marathon this year, the City to South in Brisbane was particularly trying, four days before the anniversary of her niece’s death.

Needless to say, on the completion of the second physically and emotionally gruelling run, her family was very proud and her sister is thinking about joining her next year.

“I had to hold myself together and for the second run I hadn’t been able to do as much training, but I was able to push a bit further and it was a good feeling to finish,” she said.

In particular, she enjoyed making it to the top of the hill to look over Sydney Harbour and said that the atmosphere was unique as so many other people put themselves to the test.

“There were so many people all going through the same thing,” she said.

If you haven’t donated to the cause, it is not too late to go online to http://www.fundraise.

city2surf南京夜网.au/jus_williams_2013, the link to Justine’s fundraising page or come in to the Wellington Times office and pick up a pledge form.

There is also a Facebook page to promote awareness of epilepsy and continue fundraising after the City2Surf page has expired, on www.facebook南京夜网/Running4Bec.

So far she has raised $450 and is aiming for more than $500. Ms Williams said she hoped people would donate generously to the cause which helps not only to fund research for a cure but provides support to families of sufferers.

She also hopes that her run will remind people of the work that Epilepsy Australia does.

“I think it is something sufferers don’t share, possibly because they are a bit embarrassed, particularly if they have a fit in a public place,” she said.

Ms Williams has yet to choose a charity to raise money for next year, but is considering running to raise money and awareness about breast cancer.

Bullet points

Ben Moreau won first place with a time of 41:47, narrowly beating Liam Adams who finished with a time of 42:03. Third was Steve Kelly who clocked in at 42:49.

The first female across the line was Linda Spencer, with a time of 48:28, with second place going to Milly Clark, with a time of 49:41. Third position went to Sarah Klein, 49.53

Kurt Fearnley crossed the line first out of the elite wheelchair athletes with a time of 34:10, followed by Nathan Arkley with a time of 36:32. Richard Nicholson was the third elite wheelchair athlete to finish with a time of 40:28.

Fundraisers and charities alike are also celebrating after fundraising $3.7m for more than 750 Australian charities. This tally will continue to grow, with fundraising staying open for another four weeks.

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