FORMER nurse consultant Dianne Lewis completed her first half-marathon in memory of colleague Sharon Hall.
The 60-year-old made it in just under three hours, wearing a T-shirt bearing a photo of her friend and former colleague.
Sharon, of Sowerby Bridge, was a nurse consultant for older people who died of cancer.
The pair promised to raise funds together for the Macmillan Cancer Unit at Calderdale Royal Hospital and in Sharon’s final days, Dianne vowed she would continue.
Dianne said she felt Sharon was with her on the 13.1-mile Leeds half-marathon, helping her to push herself along.
She said: “I was incredibly relieved and happy.
“I had not let people down, which I was dreading. No bits dropped off and I did not look like a wobbly-legged old woman as I completed, all of which I was afraid of.
“It was such hard work. I was driven to singing hymns to spur myself on – something Sharon would have been surprised and delighted about.”
She added: “Thanks to everyone who has supported me in any way, helping to raise money for such a worthy cause.
“But there will be no more half-marathons, I kept repeating ‘Never again’ all the way round.
“To revert to my usual five or six miles will be pure joy.”