Couple finish race for charity

Mexborough couple Danny Brown and Sally Kelly hold up their medals after completing the Paris Marathon for charity.

Mexborough couple Danny Brown and Sally Kelly hold up their medals after completing the Paris Marathon for charity.

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A BIG-HEARTED Mexborough couple have completed the Paris Marathon as part of a series of epic challenges to raise money for charity.

Danny Brown and Sally Kelly took six hours to finish the race on Sunday, taking in some of the city’s landmarks including the Champs Elysee and the Eiffel Tower.

Danny said: “It was an extremely gruelling race, and it was tempting to stop but we managed to carry on until the end.

“We had a lot of support from people cheering us on from the streets, which was really nice to see and gives you a real boost.

“It was nice to see so many different nationalities coming together to support each other.

“I was absolutely broken by the end of the race though. I didn’t need to go to hospital but I had to go in a wheelchair, I couldn’t take any more weight on my legs.

“It was an amazing city to do the run though, we saw some of the major tourist attractions.”

The couple are part of a fundraising trio, called the Yorkshire Puddings, but their third member Nathan Davies couldn’t make the run because of work commitments.

This was their third challenge of five as part of a bid to raise £3000 for the Children with Cancer UK charity.

The trio have previously completed a 13 mile trek in the Lake District and an abseil down a rock face in Wales.

Next up is a coast-to-coast cycle ride between Bridlington and Blackpool on May 5, followed by a skydive on June 16.

Said Danny: “We have so far raised just under £2000 for our chosen charity which is great.

“We hope to meet our target still and are very grateful for the support we have received.

“It has been challenging but we’ve also enjoyed it.”

To find out more about the challenge, to donate, or to offer assistance, go to facebook.com/YorkshirePuddings or email puddingspentathlon@gmail.com

*Turn to page 21 to read the ‘My Weekend’ column which this week features Danny.