Mum and daughters raise £1,100 on moonlit marathon

Jo Ward with her daughters Harrie and Romany
Jo Ward with her daughters Harrie and Romany

A Bridlington woman and her two daughters have raised more than £1,000 for charity after taking part in a special moonlit marathon in London.

Johanne Ward, 46, along with her daughters, Harrie Green (nee O’Dell) and Romany O’Dell - both former Bridlington Sports College students - set off from Battersea Power Station to walk their first marathon.

She said: “We finally got through the start line at 12.27am and arrived back at Battersea at 10.04am.

“Our route took us through Kensington and Chelsea, past Buckingham Palace and the Palace of Westminster, Fleet Street and the City and back along the South Bank after crossing Tower Bridge.

“We were amongst 17,000 entrants, mainly women but some men, all wearing decorated bras. Unfortunately, it was too cold to walk without our jackets on so we had to cover up.

“It was a fantastic night and we thoroughly enjoyed it despite the aches and pains and blisters. At the present time, we have raised between the three of us, approximately £1,100 and if anyone wants to visit our fundraising page we might be lucky enough to raise some more.”

The ladies took part in the 26.2 mile walk, the London Moonwalk, on May 11, under the team name ‘The Yorkshire Puddings’ and the money raised will go to Breast Cancer charities.

Harrie, 23, now lives in the Midlands and Romany, 22, works in London and has climbed Kilimanjaro for charity.

In September last year, Johanne trekked through China with Angela Smith, 45 and Laura Sandrey, 37, colleagues at the Environmental Health section at Bridlington Town Hall, raising money for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

The trio raised over £9,000 on that trek, when they camped for four days in primitive conditions and walked for up to 8 hours a day on steep and dangerous terrain.