Published Sunday 25th December 2016

It’s the time of year when many people’s mind will soon begin to turn to getting fit after a Christmas of excess eating and drinking.
But as people prepare for their first gym session in the New Year, one woman is already well on the way to preparing for one of the biggest challenges possible – running the London Marathon.
Eleanor Jude, who works for Oakwrights in Swainshill, is gearing up for the 26.2-mile challenge for weeks, and has run seven-and-a-half miles today.
She is running the marathon, which takes place on Sunday, 23rd April, to raise funds for St Michael’s Hospice.
And just three weeks later, she will prepare for a half-marathon during the Herefordshire Festival of Running, organised by the Hospice.
‘This will be my first marathon,’ she said.
‘I’ve got a training programme and will build up to the marathon, doing about ten miles on New Year’s Day.’
Eleanor was on honeymoon in Los Angeles when she heard about the offer of a London Marathon place, and didn’t have to think twice about accepting.
‘I said yes to the marathon idea straight away,’ she said.
‘I’d like to do it in four-and-a-half hours, and definitely under six hours.
‘My mum has said she wants to do some running with me now, too. She hasn’t done any for ages.
‘We’ve also got quite a lot of runners and cyclists at Oakwrights.’
Eleanor is well aware of the work done by St Michael’s, having had a relative spend time there a few years back.
She has also played the Hospice Lottery for many years. We’ll keep you updated on her training progress over the coming three months.

For more details on the Festival of Running, visit