A mum-of-two is preparing to run the Virgin London Marathon in aid of a charity which supports pregnant women and newborn babies worldwide.
Simone Robinson, 31, is running the 26.2 miles in the capital on April 13 and is aiming to raise £1,000 for Baby Lifeline.
Keen runner Simone – who lives in Warners End, Hemel Hempstead, with husband Graham and their children Albert, three, and Edith, 15 months – said: “I know, as a mum, that you have lots of worries when you’re pregnant. All you want is for your baby to be born healthy.
“I have some friends who have been through some situations and Baby Lifeline is such a great support. I wanted to raise money for them because they’re not that well-known.”
Simone has been training hard with the help of her nine-year-old West Highland terrier Oliver, who joins her on challenging routes around Ashridge, Bovingdon and the Grand Union Canal.
The fitness fanatic, who has worked at the Early Learning Centre in the Marlowes for 15 years, said: “Training partners have come and gone but Oliver has always stuck by me. I do Zumba and Metafit classes as well as my running, and I’ve also done the Watford and Reading half marathons before. Now I’m making it a bit harder!”