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Dog tired fundraiser completes marathon in her garden

A Levens dog lover has shown dogged determination, completing a marathon in her garden to raise money for dog welfare charity, Dogs Trust.

Annie Rawlinson ‘ran, walked and shuffled’ her way around her garden for 14 hours on Sunday (26th April) completing the marathon distance of 26.219 miles. She had been due to run the London Marathon on Sunday in aid of Dogs Trust, but the international event has been postponed until October.

After completing the mammoth challenge, whilst wearing her Brewski dog costume, Annie said:

"It was tough, but I am so glad I did it and I actually enjoyed it a lot of the time! I never realised how undulating my garden was so that was tough on my legs and the costume made me really hot, but the main thing is, I did it!"The neighbours kept shouting encouragement and I just kept thinking of the dogs that would benefit. I didn’t complete it until 11.30pm but the sunset was lovely and there was no way I was going to stop until I’d done the distance!"

Annie chose to raise money for Dogs Trust, which finds homes for around 15,000 homeless hounds every year, in memory of her cousin’s husband, Brian Coulthwaite, who died suddenly in March last year. Brian, a Dogs Trust supporter, was the landlord of the Watermill Inn & Windermere Brewery in Ings, near Windermere and his love of dogs was well known, with four-legged friend visitors to the pub always getting served with water and tasty treats before their owners had their refreshment requests satisfied. 

Starting at 9.30am, Tim Farron MP did a virtual countdown before Annie’s husband, Mickey, sounded the air horn and the challenge got underway. Fourteen hours and 210 laps of the garden later, Annie had raised almost £2,000 for Dogs Trust with the money still rolling in.

Russell Benson, Community Fundraising Team Manager for Dogs Trust, said:

"Annie is incredible, and we want to say a huge thank you to her for what she has achieved."Last year the London Marathon raised over £40,000 for Dogs Trust so we are so grateful to Annie and everyone else who chose to do something on the day they should have been pounding the streets of the Capital cheered on by thousands of supporters."Every penny will be spent on making sure our wonderful dogs have everything they need whilst they are with us so that they are ready to head off to their forever homes when the time comes."

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