FLEETWOOD housewife Teresa Swain had never attempted any kind of competitive running event before.
But the 27 year old decided to take part in the new Blackpool 5k Legacy event because of her little boy, Bradley.
Bradley, who is two-and-a-half, suffers from a condition which causes problems with his hip.
Through the new running event, staged at Blackpool’s Stanley Park, Teresa decided to support the Imagine charity based at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool.
It was at Alder Hey that Bradley had corrective surgery for his condition, hip displacia, and Teresa wanted to help the hospital develop its facilities and research.
Mum-of-two Teresa, who lives on Promenade Road, Fleetwood, with husband Simon and their other child, five year old Isabella, spent months of training for the run. She told the Weekly News: “Bradley’s left hip joint never formed properly and the ball kept coming out of its socket.
“It led to him having surgery at Alder Hey and for a while he had to wear a special harness.
“Now he doesn’t need the harness but we have to wait until December to see if the operation has fully worked, otherwise he might need another operation.
“At the moment he’s free of the harness and is making good progress. His hip bone needs to stay fixed in the socket and we’re hoping this could be the end of the problem.”
While attending the hospital, Teresa heard about the 5k run, which was organised by Wigan-based sports training provider, Active Synergy.
She said: “I also kept hearing about people running marathons so I though I’d try this event.
“I hadn’t done any kind of running for years so I started to go to the YMCA centre gym in Fleetwood, and did a bit of running along the promenade.”
What Teresa hadn’t bargained for was the immense heat on the day, with the run baking down on runners in Stanley Park.
“It was quite tough - I hadn’t even thought about it being hot on the day!
“But I’d set the target of finishing inside 50 minutes and I did, I was really pleased!”
Teresa comfortably beat the target, finishing on 43 minutes and 27 seconds.
The exacting conditions haven’t put her off either – she’s going to do the run again next year, and this time hubby Simon will be joining her!
Teresa looks set to raise £100 for the Imagine charity.