A woman who hardly ever exercises is preparing to take on her first running event to raise money for charity.
Rachel Roberts, aged 23, from Barnsley, will complete the 10-mile Bupa Great South Run in just over two weeks.
She will be raising money for the Cardiomyopathy Association, a charity which provides information and support to families affected by cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle.
It is not curable but can be treated successfully and most of those affected go on to lead a long and full life.
Rachel said: “This is extremely close to me, something I have been tested for and something that runs in my family.
“If I help just a little bit then I will be extremely proud of myself. I have never done anything like this, and I never do any exercise usually, so this is a massive challenge for me and completely out of character.
“This is an amazing charity that not only supports those with the disease but their families too. I am determined to do it]proud, even if that I have to crawl over the finish line.”
She hopes to raise at least £250 for the charity, which receives no government funding.
Rachel will travel five hours from her home to the event in Portsmouth on October 27.
More than 25,000 people will take part in the run, which will be broadcast live on Channel 5 from 10am.
n To sponsor Rachel visit www.justgiving.com/rachel-roberts8.