Dr Jenny Morrison, from Lowestoft, Suffolk, said: ‘I have always been interested in taking part but never actually felt I was able until I supported my daughter last year while she took part and loved it.
‘I was hoping to run with her but she is climbing Machu Picchu instead with her university so left me to go alone.’
Exhilarating 5.30am training runs
Dr Morrison has been a full-time GP for 23 years, carries out two nights of out-of-hours weekly and has become a trainer to try to help the recruitment crisis.
She added: ‘I have found the training at 5.30am exhilarating but have struggled with some of the long runs at weekends. I am running for a wonderful charity, Age UK, which has been very supportive and helpful with my marathon efforts but also strives so hard in so many ways for the ageing population.
'I would love some extra support to reach my target if anyone would like to help.'
Also running is former GP columnist Dr Mary Lowth. Read GP’s 20 April edition to meet two GPs with arthritis who are running for Arthritis Research UK.
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