A SOUTH Tyneside physiotherapist is getting in shape for a charity challenge in the Big Apple.
Michelle Ball will take part in this year’s New York Marathon to raise cash for St Clare’s Hospice, where she has worked for three years.
Her working life sees Michelle helping patients increase their mobility and stamina.
But she is also very active herself, and is taking on several challenges during 2013, as she prepares for the ING New York City Marathon, on November 3.
The marathon’s 26-mile route will take in the Big Apple’s five boroughs of Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Manhattan, while also crossing five bridges, before the finish at the world-famous Central Park.
More than two million spectators are expected to line the route during this year’s marathon.
Ms Ball, from Whitburn, said: “I’ve taken part in the Virgin Money Cyclone, from Kingston Park rugby ground into Northumberland.
It was 63 miles, which took me five hours and 10 seconds, with a couple of stops for refreshments.”
Michelle also completed the Great Manchester Swim, at Salford Quays, on July 20, completing the one-mile swim in 39 minutes.
Officials at St Clare’s Hospice are inviting people to support Michelle’s marathon charity effort.
Senior hospice fundraiser Vanessa Mustard said: “All of the staff, patients and volunteers are extremely proud of Michelle for taking on her challenges in aid of St Clare’s.
“She’s really training hard for the main event in November.
“She’s aiming to raise £1,000, and we hope lots of people will be inspired to sponsor Michelle and help us raise funds to benefit the patients here at St Clare’s.”
To sponsor Michelle Ball, call the hospice on 451 6400, visit www.justgiving.com/Michelle-Ball4, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or text NYMB80, stating the amount you wish to donate.