A Chalfont St Giles councillor has completed the Royal Parks Half Marathon with his wife raising vital funds for Epilepsy Society.
Councillor Carl Jackson and his wife, Abi, both took on the 13.1 mile course and as well as finishing the race they also beat their fundraising target, although donations are still being welcomed.
Having not ran long distance since school, cllr Jackson told ChalfontNews that “they now have the running bug” with both targeting future events.
Cllr Jackson finished in two hours while Abi completed the race in two hours and 20 minutes.
Cllr Jackson said: “There was a really fun and supportive atmosphere at the event. The spectators cheered everyone on and the runners encouraged each other all the way.
All that support made a real difference to our energy levels and we both completed the course about 15 minutes quicker than we expected. I was still slightly disappointed to miss out on doing a sub-two-hour half marathon by just 44 seconds though.
“We were both born in Chalfont St Giles and we wanted to run for a local charity.
“The Epilepsy Society does outstanding work in its field and is based just down the road in Chalfont St Peter, it seemed like the perfect charity to support.
“We beat our fundraising target and we are so grateful for the support – it kept us motivated when we were training for the run in the pouring rain.
“We have both been bitten by the running bug now. In March, 2020 we will run the Hampton Court Half Marathon together and Abi is running the London Marathon in April.”
To donate to Carl and Abi’s fundraising visit justgiving.com/fundraising/Carl-Jackson18