A WOMAN with Coeliac disease has run a half marathon in Worcester for charity.

Cate Webb-Jones, aged 48, didn’t allow a coronavirus inflicted race postponement stop her from taking on her latest challenge to raise money for Smile Train - a children’s charity who provide free cleft surgery and care.

She has raised £600 - enough for Smile Train to carry out approximately four cleft surgeries.

Cate, who was diagnosed with Coeliac disease in 2018, signed up to take part in the half marathon which was due to take place on May 17.


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She said: “When we entered lockdown, my motivation plummeted. The race, which was meant to take place on May 17, was postponed and we were told that at worst it would be rolled into next year. For me, waiting a whole year wasn’t an option”.

Having already raised over £300 in sponsorship from friends and family, Cate decided to carry out her own race in the surrounding areas of Worcestershire’s Wychavon district.

She added: “I was definitely nervous. I had only ever completed one 10 mile training run and I was worried about how my legs would feel going for a further 3.1 miles – not to mention my worries about running alone without the motivation from my friend or race spectators.

“But always in the back of my mind was the difference my efforts would make for those children born with clefts. So I powered on.”

She completed the challenge in two hours and sixteen minutes.

She said:

“It’s a wonderful feeling to know that I have helped to change the lives of four children.”

For more information, go to https://smiletrain.org.uk/