Running for sisterly love

MARATHON EFFORT: Denise Horobin with her medal after completing the London Marathon in aid of a kidney charity.
MARATHON EFFORT: Denise Horobin with her medal after completing the London Marathon in aid of a kidney charity.

Charity runner Denise Horobin was all smiles after completing the London Marathon last month.

Denise, from Bakewell, has now raised more than £5,000 for a kidney charity after her sister Joanne was diagnosed with kidney disease in 2006.

Denise said: “I thoroughly enjoyed every second of the marathon and would highly recommend the experience to anyone. Every step I took and they were painful at times, Joanne’s fight to stay alive inspired me to carry on.”

Joanne required emergency dialysis when her kidneys failed in 2006, and she has attended dialysis in Sheffield three times a week ever since.

Denise completed a number of shorter races in aid of Kidney Research UK last year, before deciding to train for the London Marathon.

She said: “Bearing in mind that my sister is my pure inspiration, my role model and my best friend, I knew that we could not fail. I applied for the London Marathon and got a place. Despite never running more that 5k in September I thought no task was too big as Joanne always displayed such courage and determination.”

There is still time to sponsor Denise at www.kidneyresearchuk.org/denise.