Nicky’s mum Margaret, a learning support assistant at Hazel Leys school in Corby, died from meningitis five years ago. Her family and friends have been raising money for Meningitis Now ever since and Nicky’s efforts on this specific challenge on 23 June raised an incredible £1,128.75.
Speaking with Northants Telegraph, Nicky said, “I am so happy to have completed the 60 miles and chuffed to have done it all in one day. Despite the sore feet and the heat, the support from friends and family really made the miles motor by and I can confidently say I smiled round all nine loops of the reservoir."
“We even received a donation of £5 from a very kind couple who were just visiting for a walk. I am so grateful of everyone’s collective effort in this challenge, especially knowing the difference it will make to Meningitis Now and how proud it would have made my mum.”
Nicky ran the first two 6.8 mile loops by herself before being joined by fiancé Matt on the third lap and friend Charlie on the fourth. On the fifth lap she was joined by her brother Rob, Matt’s sister Lou and nephews Nathan (10) and Joseph Fox (7), who cycled.
Lap six saw support from Graeme, Vaughan, Nick, Julie with Lucy (niece aged 10) and Val cycling. Lap seven saw Nicky joined by Lou and Nathan again as well as Jess who cycled.
She was joined by Michael and Mowgli the dog, Chris and family (Gem, Harry and Amelia) joining part way round and Val's second lap on the penultimate loop. And she finished the mammoth effort by being joined by her fiancé across the line.
The total raised in the fund set up in memory of Margaret now stands at £9,066.54.