A Palmerston North woman who had never run a marathon before has finished the Paris Marathon to raise funds for a women's haven.
Lynette Price, 55, completed the marathon in 5hr 32min 5sec on Sunday night (NZ time), just under 8 minutes shy of the 5hr 40min limit.
Results released by the organisers show she finished in 37,352nd place in a field of about 42,000 runners.
Never having attempted a marathon before, she started training last year, and then more seriously over the past four months.
Price, who could not be reached for comment yesterday, told the Manawatu Standard before leaving for Paris last week she originally agreed to take part in a marathon after her daughter challenged her, wanting to cross it off her own "bucket list".
When she learned at a convention about the extent of human trafficking in Nepal, she decided she would run to raise funds for a haven in Nepal sheltering women and children who had been trafficked or who had been about to be trafficked.
"There's up to 15,000 girls, and even boys now, being trafficked across the Nepal border every year."
Mountain Safety Council Manawatu branch chairwoman Heather Grady, a friend of Price through her membership in the council, and who helped publicise the fundraiser to branch members, was thrilled when she heard about the result.
"She really puts effort into those sorts of things and it means a lot to her." Grady said Price was not one to seek publicity for herself, but had worked hard to raise awareness of the situation in Nepal.
- Manawatu Standard
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