The cancelling of the New York marathon due to Hurricane Sandy did not stop one Strathearn duo in their fundraising efforts.
Clare Bibby and Catriona Tavendale from Crieff were determined to go ahead with their 26.2 mile challenge and have raised over £6000 for the Hole in the Wall and Over the Wall charities.
The runners had travelled to the Big Apple to take part in the major event on the marathon calendar, but the severe storm saw it called off at the last minute.
Undaunted, Clare and Catriona created their own route through New York.
They explained: “Our goal for the past months was to run in the New York marathon. Obviously events there did not unfold as expected. Our thoughts of course were, and still are, with the victims of Hurricane Sandy. As we were already in New York though, we felt we had to run to honour our promise to all those who helped us fundraise in the past months.
“We planned our own route, starting with a six mile lap of Central Park, then running down to the Williamsburg Bridge and back passing as many of the big sights as we could en route. We saw Broadway, Times Square, the Empire State Building, the Flat Iron building, the Chrysler building, Grand Central Station, the Rockefeller Centre, MoMa, Tiffanys, FAO Schwartz, Bloomingdales and the Guggenheim before returning to Central Park to ﬁnish off the miles at the ofﬁcial marathon ending.
“We took photos en route as evidence of our run. We do not look beautiful in these pictures, but we were really there. And you don’t look at your best after running 26.2 miles!”
The ladies also said they “added a little bit of crazy” en route by running into Tiffanys to get a picture with the famous Tiffany diamond, and then into FAO Schwartz for a snap with the big piano.
They added: “It made our marathon a very special one. It came with many challenges, like five lane busy roads to negotiate (which make you much faster than normal) but everywhere we went we received amazing support from people all around us.
“The long hours of training paid off, and we even managed to have fun as we ran. And of course, it has all been well worth it in the knowledge that ultimately those who will beneﬁt are children and young people who live every day with challenges. Every penny that you helped to raise went directly to helping children with serious and life-limiting illness enjoy the experience of camp.
“This is a very special place where children can enjoy taking part in many different activities, have a whole lot of fun, and come home with new found conﬁdence. We would like to thank you all for your amazing generosity which helped us raise more than £6,000 with money still coming in!
“Thanks to you many more children living with serious illness can enjoy the fun of camp.”