A SOUTH Tyneside nurse went far more than the extra mile to raise funds for charity.
Sam Payne, from Jarrow, raised more than £600 for Parkinson’s UK, when she ran the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday.
This was my first marathon and I’d definitely do it again. The atmosphere was incredible.Sam Payne, fundraiser
The 25-year-old completed the 26.2-mile challenge in four hours and 15 minutes – on the last day of Parkinson’s Awareness Week.
Sam was running the challenge in honour of her father, Joseph, who has the degenerative neurological condition.
Sam, who was one of 230 people running for the charity, said: “I was really pleased with my time. I had aimed to do it inside four hours and 30 minutes, so I was very delighted that I’d trimmed 15 minutes off.
“I wanted to raise cash for the charity. With my dad having Parkinson’s, it’s a cause close to my heart.”
Over the years Sam has completed six Great North Runs but this was her first marathon.
She added: “This was my first marathon and I’d definitely do it again. The atmosphere was incredible.
“So far I’ve raised just over £600, but I have a little bit more sponsorship to still to come in.”