HIKING the Ten Peaks is challenge enough, but it was not enough for a Cubbington couple who are preparing to take on the London Marathon.
Sally and Rob Semple will run the marathon as part of their training for the hike to raise money for a charity close to their hearts.
Sally, 47, and Rob, 48, will be running in aid of LAM Action, which raises funds to research Lymphangioleiomyomatosis, a rare lung condition which only affects women. One of their friends is a sufferer of the disease and has to wear oxygen to support her lungs.
Rob put them up for both challenges – which take place just one month apart – after he twice previously took on the hike across ten peaks in the Lake District with a personal best of 17 hours.
It is the first time Sally has joined him on the challenge and the run is a first for them both.
Dad-of-two Rob told the Observer: “For Christmas I gave Sally a calendar with June 24 highlighted and a number for her to call which connected her to the Ten Peaks booking line. It was amusing to watch but still daunting for her.
“We will be taking on the London Marathon together in aid of LAM Action which is a cause very close to our hearts. Our friend is a sufferer and we have discovered it is often difficult to raise money for such a rare disease so we thought we could incorporate a bit of fun with a serious drive to raise some funding and awareness.”
The couple will also be holding a fund-raising event at the Old Leamingtonians’ Rugby Club on Saturday March 11. There will be food and live music from 7.30pm.
Tickets cost £10 with all money raised going to LAM Action.
Visit www.justgiving.com/Robert-Semple3 to sponsor the couple.