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Jackie fights back after van collision to take on half marathon

By Thomas Parkes | Stafford | News | Published:

A woman in her 60s has taken on a half marathon after recovering from being hit by a van.

Jackie Hawkins, from Stafford, was due to take on two 13.1 mile challenges to raise money for Alzheimer's Society before her accident.

And now she has now conquered a half marathon six months on and has her sights set on another.

She said: "I was going to do two half marathons within eight weeks of each other in March this year, and the night before, my husband Steve and I went for a walk around the block.

"I got hit by a delivery van who took the corner on the wrong side of the road.

"I was taken to hospital and for two weeks after I couldn't lie down straight in bed because of the pain.

"But I'm extremely grateful – I'm just so glad to be here, really."

The 62-year-old is back running and has conquered Cheshire Half Marathon – with her eyes now set on taking on the Tatton Park Half Marathon on November 3.

And her path to exercise started when she turned 60, with her three sons – Matthew, Andrew and Christian – playing a vital part.

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"I wasn't fit – I was overweight and my boys decided to get me a bike," the mother-of-three said.

"And then I did more exercise and did some running, which is how it started."

Since then, she has started to run for the charity and is determined to raise £500 – having raised more than £200 so far.

She said: "It did take a long time to get fully recovered.

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"And I'm running for the Alzheimer's Society because my mother was diagnosed with dementia about a year or so ago.

"So that's the reason behind it and I had to basically start again and take it easy.

"My three sons have all been really helpful."

To donate, visit Virgin Giving and search for 'Jackie Hawkins'

Thomas Parkes

By Thomas Parkes
Trainee Reporter - @TParkes_Star

Trainee reporter at the Express & Star, based in Wolverhampton. Got a story? Get in touch at thomas.parkes@expressandstar.co.uk.

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