A bottle of beer and a hug from the race organiser was the immediate reward for Carfin fundraiser Angela Mason finishing a gruelling 40-mile ultra marathon.
Angela (48), who works for Police Scotland, completed the Clyde Stride race between Partick train station and New Lanark to raise £1200 for MS charity Revive.
Angela, who crossed the finishing line with her Motherwell pal Nicola Dudds (41), said: “Doing the ultra marathon was really hard but we got there in the end. Mentally and physically, it was the toughest thing I have ever done.
“I was so chuffed to do the run in eight hours and 25 seconds.
“Nicola really struggled for the last six miles but we stuck at it.
“It was really warm, but to keep going until the end was a mental issue more than anything.
“They asked us what we wanted to drink at the finish line and my instinctive reaction was to ask for a beer from organiser Lee Maclean. I also received a goodie bag, medal and T-shirt from the sponsors.
“I can’t believe that I managed to raise so much for charity. I had just hoped to make £500, so I was amazed to get what I did.”
Angela, who was doing her first ultra marathon, said that the efforts of Nicola – a dental nurse at Motherwell Dental Practice – in completing the event had seen her raise £1300 for St Andrews Hospice. The ultra marathon saw both women negotiate a range of surfaces including paths, cycle tracks and grassy hills.
Despite the rigours of doing 40 miles on the big day, Angela said that the toughest part of the whole experience had been the 20-week training programme in the race build-up.
She revealed that she’d done a long run every Friday and Saturday – totalling 28 miles – during this build-up.
Angela said that this preparation had been well worth it to raise a four-figure sum for such a worthy cause.
She added: “I was absolutely knackered at times during those training sessions. Keeping going was just a case of mind over matter.
“I was feeling isolated as I was on my own. But it was good preparation for the ultra marathon itself as I knew that – even although I felt tired – I had to keep going.
“During the race, it was particularly tough when I reached the 20-mile point at Strathclyde Park as it was very warm then.”
Angela – who consumed three bottles of water during the ultra marathon – said that she would defintely be competing at the event’s 2016 staging on July 16 next year.