A former Rydal Penrhos has completed a gruelling marathon challenge in aid of charity
30th September 2016

Emma Widdowson, who left the school in 2006, was greeted by rapturous applause as she completed seven marathons in seven days in aid of

The Christie, in support of a friend who is being treated at the specialist cancer centre.

The mother-of-two is a nurse on the Oncology Assessment Unit which has been her source of inspiration for the challenge.

The 29 year-old, who wore different colours to highlight the different forms of cancer on each day, started from Notting Hill and ran through St Albans, Rugby and Macclesfield, before finishing at The Withington Centre on September 23.
Friend and patient Mark Bryant joined Emma in the last 5k of her mammoth 182-mile challenge, along with her daughters Isabella, seven, and Amelie, four, who ran the last few metres with her.

Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, the former pupil, said: “I was so inspired talking to my friend Mark Byrant, hearing about the challenges he has faced as an inpatient on the haematology ward.

“He has faced many hurdles and fought this battle so bravely, as have many of my amazing patients who I have grown so fond of.”

“My legs are seizing up a little bit now, I do need to get some stretches in. But every time I’ve had a horrible or negative thought or if I’ve been sore I use this windscreen wipe thing and wipe the thoughts and feelings away and replace them with positive ones and that’s what’s got me through this as well as the inspiration of all my patients.

“I’ve always loved running but I’ve never done back to back marathons. I wanted a huge challenge to try and match the challenge that my patients go through each day – but this is still nothing in comparison.”

Anyone wishing to sponsor Emma can still do so at


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