A Nottinghamshire woman will take part in the iconic TCS London Marathon next month in support of women, children and families.
Lisa Pitt, aged 41, is running for Parents And Children Together (PACT), a charity that provides outstanding adoption services, specialist therapeutic support and inspirational community projects in the south east.
Lisa, who works as an HR consultant, said she chose to run for PACT because she specifically wanted to support a smaller charity that was less well known. She said: “ I have always raised money for charities when I do any races, and I felt that the work that PACT do is really important and wanted to help support that.
“I ran the Manchester Marathon in 2019 where I finished in 5 hours 30 seconds. I’m really hoping to get under that five hour mark this time round, but I’m not putting any pressure on myself.”
Lisa is one of nine members of Team PACT who will be running the 26.2 miles around the streets of London on 2nd October. She said: “London is just an iconic marathon experience and the stories I’ve heard of the crowds, support, atmosphere – I can’t wait! I’m also extremely nervous but just can’t wait to get over that start line.” Lisa has a £1,600 fundraising target and is collecting donations to her page at https://tcslondonmarathon.enthuse.com/pf/lisa-pitt-lm22
She said: “I know that times are tough, but every pound really helps, and it really does spur you on when the pain sets in on long training runs, when you don’t feel like going out because its baking hot.
“Just knowing that people have sponsored you and believe in you is such a good motivator.”
PACT has been building and strengthening families since 1911. PACT creates families through adoption services and provides lifelong adoption support, it empowers women who face multiple disadvantages to make positive changes to their lives through its Alana House Community Project and it supports children to heal from the trauma of domestic abuse through its Bounce Back 4 Kids programme.
Chief executive Natausha van Vliet said: “We are so happy to have a team of extraordinary people in the London Marathon. They have not only committed to running a marathon for PACT but are also working hard to raise lots of sponsorship which will really help us to continue to provide vital support for the families we work with.”