Racehorses give runners inspiration
LANDLORDS turned marathon runners Hugh Kelly and Charlie Pettigrew came face to face with some genuine racing legends over the bank holiday weekend.
The pair, from the Hollow Bottom Pub in Guiting Power, put on a family fun day to raise cash ahead of taking part in the New York Marathon in November.
Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies took along his champion racehorses Imperial Commander, Bindaree and Tipping Tim to give the pair some inspiration.
Hugh, 45, said training would begin in earnest in July with a 16-week programme which will put himself and Charlie through their paces in preparation for one of the world's toughest courses.
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Until then, they will simply be cutting down on their alcohol intake.
Both are raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support, a charity which is close to their hearts.
Hugh said: "Charlie lost his father Jimmy to cancer last year and I lost my mum Grace to cancer quite a few years ago."
Sunday's fundraiser attracted crowds of supporters keen to see the real racing champions. Despite the poor weather, a barbecue ensured punters were happy.
Hugh added: "We are also celebrating the pub's 10th anniversary this year so it's a big year for us."
To support Hugh and Charlie's fundraising efforts visit www.justgiving.com/hughandcharlie.