Off-road runner, Ivonne’s Pink Lady® London Marathon story

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Running on a treadmill in your living room whilst wearing a large cardboard box might not be high on every runner’s list of training tactics, but then Pink Lady® runner Ivonne Goetsch is the first to admit her preparation for this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon has been unconventional.

Ivonne is a keen runner and has taken part in a number of memorable races including an off-road 31-mile ultra-marathon called the Pilgrim Challenge in Surrey and the gruelling Beachy Head marathon which rewards runners with fabulous views from the Sussex clifftops. But she has never been able to bag a place in the London Marathon, so when the opportunity to run as part of the Pink Lady® team came up, Ivonne didn’t hesitate.

Ivonne, who works for Chingford Fruit, will be running in a specially-made Pink Lady® costume to raise money for Stroke Association. Having completed a test run of just a few miles in her costume Ivonne decided it needed to be altered to fit her better. In the meantime, in order to get used to running in a costume she has been practicing whilst wearing a large cardboard apple box.

She says: “I run for pleasure and I find that the moment I start to follow a detailed training plan I just stop having fun, so I tend to just mix it up and run with my running club friends wherever the mood takes us. I’ve recently returned from a trip to New Zealand where I took part in an off-road half marathon on the coast of the North Island. The course was really hazardous and involved rock climbing and swimming in the sea. I’m confident I can complete the course, but running in an apple suit, particularly on a warm day, is going to be a real test.”

Ivonne will be raising money for Pink Lady’s chosen charity Stroke Association. She says: “Stroke Association is a charity close to my heart as close friends have been affected by stokes, so I want to raise as much awareness and money for the charity as possible. My club colleagues and friends have really helped me to focus on completing the course in the costume by setting me challenges and milestones to keep me motivated. I have to look out for them, wave to them and complete the course in order to raise all my sponsorship.”

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