Wheelathon helps the cash roll in

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Wheelchair users joined forces with runners of all ages in the latest stage of a year-long fundraiser by two best friends.

Tracy Hartley and Rose Buckler-Brown organised a ‘Wheelathon’ down Morecambe promenade as part of their 12-month challenge to raise cash for charity.

Around 35 people took part and completed a 4K course from The Battery to Happy Mount Park in the miserable rain.

“There was a fantastic atmosphere though, everyone had a great time and we raised over £200,” said Tracy, from Carnforth.

Tracy’s mum Linda Hartley, a food technology teacher from Morecambe Community High School, herself completed the route in her wheelchair, pushed by her husband Stephen.

Linda is paralysed from the waist down due to a spinal condition called Transverse Myelitis, so Tracy is raisingfunds for the Spinal Injuries Association, who have helped her mum.

Rose is raising money for the Stroke Association. Her grandfather John suffered a stroke in October 2012. In the run up to turning 30, Tracy and Rose are taking on a different endurance challenge per month including the Great North Run and a 16.7m road race around Coniston.

They also recently did the Lancaster 3 Bridges 10K.