London marathon is in sight for midwife mum

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A midwife mum has laced up her running shoes and started training for her first marathon.

Zoe Russell, who works for the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, will be among the thousands who take on the 26.4 mile London Marathon next April.

Mum-of-three Zoe, who has been a midwife for ten years at Calderdale Royal Hospital, is raising money for the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths.

Zoe, 37, said: “Sudden deaths occur at a time which should be so happy.

“The more research there is then, hopefully, they should become fewer and fewer and as a midwife it seems a natural cause to support.

“Even if I can only help save the life of one baby, all my hard work will be very much worthwhile,” she said.

Zoe has been training four times a week in preparation for the run and listens to Take That as she trains.

Running is not something entirely new to her though.

Her father used to run marathons, something which has spurred Zoe on to run one herself after watching it on television year after year.

She is planning a big auction at the Malthouse, Rishworth on February 24 to boost her fund raising effort.