A MOSSLEY runner has completed her first marathon and raised more than £2,600 for homelessness charity Emmaus.
Jennifer Gregory, 35, completed the 2019 London Marathon in four hours 22 minutes.
A member of Greenfield Greyhounds Running Club, she applied to take part for Emmaus because of her own experience of the charity.
“It was an honour to run for a charity that is so close to my heart,” she explained.
“Emmaus is special in Mossley and throughout the UK to the people who visit, the staff and the companions.
“The support I’ve been getting over the months from the community has taken the edge of the gruelling training plan.
“I ran through some awful weather but I was so moved by everyone’s kind words.
“The crowds on the day were out of this world. And conditions were perfect which meant I enjoyed every bit of it.
“To run with other supporters of Emmaus was also pretty special. The whole experience for me has been amazing and I’ve even inspired my husband who’s entered the ballot for next year.”
Emmaus Mossley supports 26 formerly homeless people (known as companions) by providing them with a home and work in a community setting.
The charity is one of 29 Emmaus communities across the UK, supporting more than 800 people who have experienced homelessness.
Paul Barnes, one of the companions at Emmaus Mossley, travelled to London to cheer on Jennifer.
“It was good to go down and show our appreciation for what Jennifer has done in support of Emmaus Mossley,” he said.
Jennifer trained for months before the race, building up her stamina and completing more than 400 miles.
As part of the fundraising efforts she also organised a 5k fun run in Mossley with more than 50 people taking part.
Alison Hill, director of Emmaus Mossley, said: “We are all extremely grateful that one of our regular supporters has been inspired to take on a huge fundraising challenge in support of our charity.
“Jennifer is a real inspiration to members of our Emmaus Mossley community and other supporters looking to go the extra mile to help people in need.”
To find out more or support Emmaus Mossley visit their website: www.emmaus.org.uk/mossley
To get involved or donate an item, call 01457 838608 or visit the store at Longlands Mill, Queen Street, Mossley OL5 9AH.