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Monday, 24 November 2014

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Carole’s 4x4 ride makes £800

Carole James may have taken nearly seven hours to complete the course but she was a popular competitor of the inaugural Silloth half-marathon.

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GO ANYWHERE: Carole James in the all-terrain wheelchair

Carole, 65, who has multiple sclerosis, completed Sunday’s beach and road event in an all-terrain wheelchair.

She said: “It is the first time I have been on the beach for 20 years, and despite the weather I cannot tell you how emotional it was.”

Carole was loaned a special wheelchair by Access 4 Wheelchairs, a company specialising in all-terrain devices.

She used the opportunity to raise more than £800 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

She said: “It was a team effort all the way. I had to change wheelchairs when the first one’s battery died on me but there were plenty of people to help.”

She said it was touching to arrive at the finish line in Silloth to find a crowd waiting to cheer her on.

She added: “I was very tired on Monday but it was worth it.”

Carole was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when she was just 30 and the mother of a young baby.

She taught at St Patrick’s Primary School in Workington, Flimby and Holme St Cuthbert schools before her illness forced her to give up work at the age of 40.

She said: “I thought my life had ended then.”

But she and her husband Bill bought and developed Bank Mill Nurseries at Beckfoot which gave her a new life and contact with people.

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