Plymouth's Supergran prepares for ninth half marathon
PLYMOUTH'S very own Supergran is preparing to take part in her ninth half marathon.
Sixty-three-year-old Maureen Mottram, from Prince Rock, pictured right, will next month take part in her ninth Plymouth half marathon and is encouraging others to don their trainers and join her.
Famed fundraiser Maureen, who is this year supporting the Plymouth Half's official local charity Children's Hospice South West, says if she can take on the challenge to help a good cause, anyone can.
She said: "I'm planning to use my superpowers to power walk my way around the Plymouth half marathon course in speedy Supergran time.
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"It's a great way to keep fit, join in an amazing community event, and most of all raise a good amount of money for a very worthy cause.
"I'm hoping lots of other people will join me on my mission and help raise lots of money for local children and families."
Supergran Maureen has become a familiar face throughout the city, since she started raising money for charities after she lost her father, Joseph Brimble, to bowel cancer in 1996.
Her exploits include walking on hot coals, running several marathons, trekking the Great Wall of China and knocking on strangers' doors appealing for money.
And she has completed the majority of her charity efforts wearing her trusty super-heroes costume, crediting her the nickname Supergran.
This year Maureen has been given a helping hand, in the form of some new 'supershoes' to help her in the half marathon, courtesy of Sweatshop in Plymouth.
Jim Nobel, store manager, said: "We are delighted to be able to help support CHSW and Supergran with her quest to power walk the Plymouth Half Marathon this year and raise much needed funds for such a worthwhile cause.
"As the official retail partner for Plymouth's Half, Sweatshop will offer all CHSW runners 20 per cent off all full price kit. Just bring in your CHSW sponsorship form to claim your discount."
Children's Hospice South West supports families from Plymouth and the South West with children who aren't expected to reach adulthood.
Judy Pride, community fundraiser, said: "The hospices are a place where everyone can begin to forget their worries for a while and enjoy making the most of every precious moment they have together as a family. The work we do has a long-term effect on the families who we continue to support during and after bereavement."