Southsider scales The Wall

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SHAWLANDS nurse Jo Caisley swapped scrubs for running shoes recently and tackled a 69-mile ultra-marathon for charity.

Jo – a seasoned marathon runner – was fundraising for Help For Heroes, spurred on by several years in the Territorial Army and first-hand experience of caring for service men and women.

The southsider tackled The Wall on June 23, running a colossal course from Carlisle Castle to Gateshead Millennium Bridge, followed by Hadrian’s Wall.

Although runners can opt to take on the mixed terrain route over two days, Jo completed her journey in just one.

She told The Extra: “The weather put on a great display of wind and rain, and the sun managed to break through on the odd brief occasion.

“The course was challenging both physically and mentally, however at the same time it was an enjoyable day.

“It took a lot of pure grit and determination to keep going at times when every bone and muscle was screaming for rest, but simple techniques like running to the next tree and then to the next, and so on, helped”.

Jo added: “I kept reminding myself of why and for whom I had taken this challenge. Help for Heroes raises money to support members of the Armed Forces who have been wounded in service of their country.

“The charity asks supporters to do their bit to show these extraordinary young men and women that they are cared for by us”.

Jo is still accepting sponsorship, and anyone interested in her fundraising efforts can find out more at her Just Giving page.