Buchan sisters take their running hobby to new level

Running partners: Nicola (left) and Jennifer (right) are looking forward to running the marathon in April. 'Picture: Carla Duthie
Running partners: Nicola (left) and Jennifer (right) are looking forward to running the marathon in April. 'Picture: Carla Duthie

Buchan sisters, Nicola Hastie and Jennifer Cordiner are putting themselves to the test later this year as they take part in the London Marathon in April.

The full-time mums, part-time workers and part-time runners have already had a wealth of support from members of the public and smashed their previous set target back on Christmas Eve when they bag-packed in Morrisons.

Both members of Peterhead’s Jogscotland, Nicola and Jennifer tried their hand at running, and after they both took a liking to the sport they decided to go for something more challenging.

Nicola said: “We both really enjoyed Jogscotland. I previously took part in a half marathon at Fraserburgh and the London Marathon is something we can both do while raising money for charity.”

It was an easy decision for the mum’s to choose charity Kidscape, which is dedicated to preventing bullying and protecting children.

“It was an easy decision to make, we’re both mums with two children and Kidscape provides support to children throughout the UK,” she added.

Born ten months apart, Nicola and Jennifer attended the same year at school, and were often assumed to be twin sisters.

“We’re really close,” said Jennifer.

“There probably isn’t a day goes by when we don’t see each other.

“Both of us have two children, Nicola has a four-year old and 17 month-old and I have a three-year old and 15 months-old - even they play together!”

Nicola added: “Jennifer and I are like best friends, and I feel really lucky that we’ll be able to do this together.”

The budding runners found out that they had secured a place in the marathon in October last year, and have already begun training three nights a week.

Their bag pack alone raised £2,300 which was a fantastic start to their fundraising activities.

“We were worried about raising money to begin with, as you have to raise a minimum amount to take part,” said Nicola.

“It seemed like a daunting task, but we still can’t quite believe how much has been raised already.

“We’ve raised our target to £3,000 and we’d really like to thank everyone who has donated money so far, everyone has been so generous.

“Our partners especially have been fantastic. They’ve both been looking after the kids while we’re out training.

“Our mum thinks we’re mad, trying to raise money, organise events and plan my wedding which takes place in eight weeks’ time! It will all be worth it though.”

Nicola and Jennifer will be hosting a pub quiz charity night on January 26, to help raise extra funds for the charity.

Taking place at the Buchanhaven Hearts, entry is £10 for a team with a maximum of four people.

Meanwhile, anyone interested in sponsoring the runners can do so by texting KIDS99 followed by the amount you want to donate, for example KIDS99 £1 to 70070. OR alternatively by visiting http://virginmoneygiving.com/team/nicandjen