Marathon pair’s Big Apple race

Fiona Wilson and Kay Hester who are doing the New York marathon.

Fiona Wilson and Kay Hester who are doing the New York marathon.

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Two health workers whose attempt to run the New York Marathon was thwarted by a devastating hurricane are gearing up to try again.

Dental nurse Kay Hester, aged 50, and physiotherapist Fiona Wilson, 53, were all set to complete the world’s largest marathon when Hurricane Sandy - one of the most destructive storms in the USA’s history - struck.

But now the pair, from Thorpe Hesley, Rotherham, are poised for a second go, with the aim of raising money for Christian Aid.

Kay said: “Last year Fiona and myself went to New York to run the marathon - we arrived just after Hurricane Sandy and were told the marathon was still going ahead.

“We even collected our numbers and running chips, but our joy turned to disappointment when, just 36 hours before the marathon, it was cancelled.”

They returned home and decided to run the Luton Marathon instead, collecting £1,000 for charity - but after six months of hard training they’re ready to take on the Big Apple. Kay added: “We’re hoping this year we will be able to run!”

Visit www.justgiving.com/Fiona-Kay to sponsor them.