Sister inspired to run half marathon

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A Mansfield woman who struggled to run a mile at the start of the year has completed a half marathon to raise cash for a charity that supports her sister, who has severe learning difficulties.

Katherine Robinson, whose sister Laura is a regular visitor to events put on by Sanctuary Supported Living’s (SSL) Corner House, ran the Robin Hood Half Marathon in Nottingham and collected £400 for the charity.

Originally intended as a personal challenge, Katherine, 29, decided to make the most of the race by raising money for the residential care home’s activity fund.

Over the course of the two hours and 48 minutes it took her to complete the route, she was cheered on by family and the residents of Corner House, who waved handmade banners.

Katherine said: “It wasn’t a hard decision to choose to support Corner House as Laura has loved being part of their activities days.

“Laura has severe learning disabilities and autism but in her own way tells me all about the exciting things she has been doing, from drumming workshops to days out to trips to the safari park.

“This was my way of saying thank you to the amazing people who work at Sanctuary.”

Laura also receives several hours of ‘floating’ support each week from Corner House staff, delivered directly to her in her own home. This is paid for from her personal budget – a payment that allows someone to choose who delivers their care or support.

Despite it being Katherine’s toughest physical challenge to date, she already has her eyes set on taking part in the run again in 2016.

And while Laura’s disabilities would prevent her understanding that Katherine had entered the half marathon, she did know exactly where she’d been that morning when asked in the afternoon.

Katherine said: “She told me she had been to see running with Corner House and her support workers Chantelle, Kate and Harley. I also got a big hug.”

Corner House hosts a number of community events for its own residents and people with learning disabilities in the wider Nottinghamshire community alike.