NOT content with doing one marathon, a Billinge mum who suffered severe anxiety attacks, is doing two in one week.
Carol Littler, of Billinge, was determined to get her life back on track after she was unable to leave her house and suffered Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The 44-year-old, who weighed 16 stone, started a Slimming World group away from people she knew in Up Holland and lost five stone.
Ater attending bootcamps at Orrell Water Park, last year she took part in the Tough Mudder and the London Marathon,
And now, she is running the Manchester Marathon on April 6 and will do the big London event again on April 13 and needs to raise more than £2,000.
Carol, a mother-of-three, said: “In January 2012, I felt I needed to get my life back on track as I was not getting out of the house and I would not answer the phone.
“I joined Slimming World and I met lots of new friends.
“People there believed in me, even though I didn’t.
“My 13-year-old son has diabetes and so I wanted to raise money for research.
“I saw the London marathon on TV and thought I would love to do it, but never thought I could do it. “But organisers had faith in me and I did it.
“I carried on losing weight and did a 10k run and did the Tough Mudder.
“I was so proud of myself.”
Carol was inspired to take part in the Manchester Marathon to raise cash for the Christie Hospital after her mum Joan Appleton was diagnosed with cancer.
She also enquired about doing the London 26-mile run on April 13 on behalf of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), not believing she would get a place.
Carol said: “I just want to show people that they can achieve anything if they want to.”
To sponsor Carole visit www.uk.virginmoneygiving.com/CarolLittler