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Cumbrian vicar swaps high heels for trainers as she prepares to take on the London Marathon in memory of her dad

Rev'd Michelle Woodcock gears up for the race of her life Credit: Courtesy of Tiree Dawson Photography

A Cumbrian vicar is set to raise thousands of pounds for charity, taking on her first London Marathon in memory of her dad.

The Rev’d Michelle Woodcock will run the gruelling 26.2 mile course next month to benefit the British Heart Foundation.

It comes 19 years after Michelle’s father, Geoff, died following a massive heart attack on her birthday.

“Even after all this time we still miss him every day, so I wanted to do something which was positive and in his memory.

“I have always loved running. It’s my way of relaxing and being able to have some thinking time and time with God. Believe me I’ve had plenty of opportunity for that during my training which is going really well.

"I’m well known for my pink high-heeled shoes but these days you are more likely to see me in a pair of trainers!”

– Rev Michelle Woodcock
Rev'd Woodcock will run the race in memory of her dad Geoff Credit: Courtesy of Tiree Dawson Photography

Michelle says she has had huge support from her parishioners as well as the Two Valleys congregation which takes in Crosthwaite, Cartmel Fell, Winster and Withersland and where her husband Michael is Priest-in-Charge.

To date she has received sponsorship of more than £1,000 but has to collect a total of £2,000 in order to be eligible to run for the charity in the marathon.