Former Eastbourne woman Jenny Brown successfully ran her first ever marathon, the challenging but scenic Beachy Head 26.2-mile race, after flying in from Peru to take part.
She arrived in from the South American country, where she lives and works, and completed the race in four hours, 30 minutes and 38 seconds.
The 43-year-old ran jointly for two charities, the ME Association, as her mother has been severely affected by ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and the international charity Latin Link, with whom Jenny and her husband Roland are long-term mission members.
Jenny lives in Cusco, Peru, with Roland, their two sons, Sammy and Benjamin, and their two Peruvian foster daughters, Hilda and Katy.
She is asking for support for her work with Latin Link in Cusco, which includes resources for children in the state hospital, and funds for the Kallarisunchis micro-finance project, with which Roland is involved.
She said, “Every pound will help people with a chronic disabling illness, children who spend weeks, even months, in a very poorly resourced hospital, and families trying to work their way out of poverty in Cusco.
“I want to raise £1,500 for these two great causes.”
Roland and Jenny are members of Kings Church in Eastbourne and Roland’s parents live in Hailsham.
Jenny is no stranger to running, as she used to run shorter distances to international level. She was British Student 800m champion in 1989, as well as representing Great Britain at the World Cross Country Championships in 2001 and 2002.
She said, “With Cusco at 3,300 metres, we live 1,000m higher than anyone would go for sensible altitude training, so it’s very tough and you have to run at least a minute a mile slower.
“I have been putting in the training – my furthest run was 18 miles. To achieve a marathon is the fulfilment of a long-held ambition.”
Jenny said she is very grateful to her father, John Hawthorne, who trained her since she was a teenager.