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Final countdown for Fiona Devine and running reporter

Published: 11 Sep 2012 17:300 comments

UNLIKELY running partners limbering up for the toughest race of their lives have passed the eight-mile mark.

Fiona Devine, Richard Cutcher and Windsor Leisure Centre manager Jes Spencer will be running the Windsor Half Marathon in October.

In less than one month, Observer reporter Richard Cutcher will join inspirational fundraiser Fiona Devine to tackle the Windsor Half Marathon.

Mrs Devine, 42, from Windsor, had not run before, but with the help of the staff at Windsor Leisure Centre, in Stovell Road, she completed eight miles on Tuesday.

She said: "I had planned to complete eight miles on Friday, but I damaged tendons in my knee and had to stop at five. After a painful, but necessary visit to the osteopath, I reached my target on Wednesday and it felt okay."

Mrs Devine founded the Slough-based Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service with husband John after their eight-year-old son Alexander died from a brain tumour in 2006 and have raised more than £1.5m towards Berkshire's first children's hospice in Cox Green, Maidenhead.

Richard, who has reported on the Devines since March last year, completed a half marathon in 2008 and will take on the Windsor course on Sunday, October 7.

He said: "It is not flat like the Great North Run and the finish on The Long Walk will be tough, but I have passed the eight-mile mark and with the help of Datchet Dashers I'm getting into shape."

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