Two teenage girls from Rickmansworth have managed to raise almost £1.5k for the Motor Neuron Disease Association by completing a half-marathon at the end of October.
Despite the adverse weather conditions, Grace Twyman and Lottie Gillies, both 13, trained hard and wanted to keep up their fitness levels during the pandemic and decided to use this effort to raise money for an important charity, which is particularly personal to Grace’s family.
The two girls are teammates at Hatfield Netball Club and are also a part of the Rickmansworth Elite Scout Group.
Speaking to RickyNews, Grace’s mother, Louise, said: “We were all really amazed with how well they did, especially with the weather being as bad as it was. In the last few miles, they really had to dig deep but they did so well.
“This was always going to be a real challenge for them, I think before this the most they had ran was 5km. They set an original target of £200 to raise but smashed that within a few days. They are so grateful for the support shown and all their neighbours that came out to cheer them on.”
The girls ran through Rickmansworth and into Watford in a route that had been organised prior.
After the event, Grace and Lottie said: “We feel very proud that we have completed this challenge and raised funds for such a good cause.
“We hope that the money raised can make a difference to people’s lives and that we have also helped raise the awareness surrounding motor neurone disease.”
Grace and Lottie’s JustGiving page is still open for donations, so if you would like to help their cause head to justgiving.com/lottieandgracehalfmarathon