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She waded through water, slid over mud, ran into bogs and crawled through tunnels.
But there was a big smile on our Sheila Henshaw’s face when she finished the 10k Wolf Run in Warwickshire.
“I had a doughnut and a cuppa at the end, and we all had a group hug. It was really good fun,” she said.
Sheila, the Office Manager in CFC’s Lancaster office, took part to raise money in memory of a family friend from her home in Bamber Bridge near Preston who died at the age of 31.
Joining her was daughter Lucy Robertson, son Paul Henshaw and his partner Natalie Brown, and friends Polly Barber and Lyndsey Whitehead. The fact that Sheila, 61, was the oldest participant in the event didn’t faze her.
“We were a bit nervous to start with – we’d seen the videos and wondered what we’d let ourselves in for. Then there was quite a lot of running uphill at the start,” said Sheila.
“But by the time we got to wade through a lake, it seemed a nice way to cool down. We crawled through tunnels like commandos – my elbows are covered in bruises. Every time you turned a corner there was another big mud pit. It was really good.”
It was Sheila’s first endurance challenge. She took up running six years ago, does regular 10k events, and in June this year took part in the Two Castles 10k in Warwickshire with Lucy when they raised more than £400 for Meningitis Now.
“I can safely say that it’s ‘never again’ for this one. I enjoyed it, but once was enough,” she said.
The Henshaw pack raised more than £200 for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. Anyone who wants to add to the total can do so on www.justgiving.com/SHEILA-Henshaw
Photo: Lyndsey Whitehead, Polly Barber, Sheila Henshaw, Lucy Robertson, Natalie Brown, Paul Henshaw (left to right)