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Hayley Sherwin given top honour in Marathon

By Stuart McKinley

Hayley Sherwin has been given some extra motivation as she prepares to take part in her first marathon.

The organisers of the 2014 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon have selected the Glengormley woman to be the Ambassador for next year's event.

Hayley isn't afraid to take on big challenges and, after some significant happenings in her life over the last 12 months, she has decided that it's time to take on running a marathon – and she will do so in Belfast next May.

"I have always enjoyed sports and in recent years I have tried to challenge myself, both physically and mentally," she said.

"In the past year I have abseiled off the Europa Hotel for charity, reached the top of 15 peaks in the Mourne Wall Walk, paraglided for the first – and probably last – time off a mountain and completed the Belfast City Half Marathon in September this year.

"A full marathon has been on my 'to-do-list' for a while and now seems like the perfect time to attempt it.

"And what better way to train than within a team of people who will experience similar ups and downs, bumps and blisters to myself."

Hayley is just one of almost 20,000 runners and walkers who will take to the streets and roads of Belfast in the various races in the annual May Day Bank Holiday event.

She will, however, have special status as part of the Challenge 26.2 Group of 2014, which has been set up in partnership with Belfast City Marathon sponsors Podium 4 Sport, Asics and High 5 Gel.

In all, there are 15 first-time marathon runners who have been selected to be part of the Challenge 26.2 Group.

They will benefit from assistance from specialists on their training plans and things such as nutrition, hydration and injury prevention and recovery – if needed.

The group will also meet on a monthly basis and they will run together too in order to provide each other with additional motivation and support.

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