Mid Ulster gals to tackle Great North Run this weekend

L-R Lindsay McGinty, Kirsti Stinson, Dorothy Millar, Donna Owens and Glenda Clarke who are running the Great North Run this weekend for Cancer Focus
L-R Lindsay McGinty, Kirsti Stinson, Dorothy Millar, Donna Owens and Glenda Clarke who are running the Great North Run this weekend for Cancer Focus
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A GROUP of five ladies from Mid-Ulster have signed up to take part in this weekend’s Great North Run in Newcastle.

The ladies who have nicknamed themselves ‘The Mad Cows’ as they are all from rural backgrounds and according to one of the ladies Glenda Clarke, the girls have been told on countless occasions they’re ‘mad to attempt to run it.’

The group is comprised of Glenda Clarke and her sister Dorothy Millar from Cookstown, Kirsti Stinson from Dungannon, Donna Owens from Fintona and Lyndsey McGinty from Omagh.

The girls decided last year to take up the challenge and decided to enter and raise money for Cancer Focus Northern Ireland.

Glenda told the MAIL: “I like to do something for charity every year, and I am on the mailing list for cancer focus and the brochure came through last September/October time and the one thing that really caught my imagination was The Great North Run. I am not a runner though, I have only started running this year because of this but I like a challenge so I thought why not. I mentioned it to Kirsti who I work with and she was keen on it, then I asked my sister Dorothy and she was also keen to get invovled and then Kirsti’s sister and her cousin came on board as well so that’t where ‘The Mad Cow’s came together.”

The girls have all been training hard and have put together various fundraising events to raise as much money as possible for Cancer Focus. They have organised Bag Packs in Dunnes Store in Omagh, a 5k run in Omagh, socials and even their very own version of popular RTE TV show Mrs Brown’s Boys and so far they have raised a tremendous £5,200.

Speaking about why they chose Cancer Focus, Glenda told the MAIL: “It is a local charity and I like to know that the money that I am raising will help local people. All five of us are really looking forward to it, we have put in the work and at this stage we can do no more apart from just going with the right attitude and enjoy it.”

You can donate to the girl’s cause via www.justgiving.com/The-Mad-Cows1