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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.

Dean of Carlisle's letter considered by Anglican church

A letter from the Dean of Carlisle Cathedral and more than 100 senior Anglicans calling on the Church of England to apologise for treating gay people like second class citizens will go to the 38 primates of the Anglican church today.

The Very Reverend Mark Boyling, says for too long the church has treated gay, lesbian and transgender people as a 'problem to be solved'.

Dean of Carlisle calls for apology to gay community

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The Dean of Carlisle Cathedral has signed a letter asking the Church of England to repent for what it calls 'discriminating' against gay, lesbian and transgender Christians.

The letter will be discussed at a meeting of the global Anglican Communion this week.

The Very Reverend Mark Boyling added his name to the letter to the Archbishops of Canterbury and York asking the church to acknowledge members that have been treated as 'second class citizens'.


Watch: church helping people battle debt

Churches in Cumbria are offering advice to people struggling with debt... and are even helping them negotiate with their creditors.

Tim Backshall went to find out about the scheme, which is now being started at a church in Penrith:

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