Derry girls run in memory of Gay

SUPPORT THE MARATHON MAIDS!. . . . Sarah Mahon, Danielle Doherty and Rachel Parkes who will take part in this year's London Marthon in April, in aid of the Foyle Hospice. 2001JM44

SUPPORT THE MARATHON MAIDS!. . . . Sarah Mahon, Danielle Doherty and Rachel Parkes who will take part in this year's London Marthon in April, in aid of the Foyle Hospice. 2001JM44

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These are the Derry women who have organised as special charity event in memory of their dear friend Gay Durkan.

Rachael Parkes, Danielle Doherty and Sarah Mahon will host ‘Hospice Rocks’ a fundraising concert in aid of the Foyle Hospice

The late Gabrielle Durkan whom the girls will be running the London Marathon in memory of.

The late Gabrielle Durkan whom the girls will be running the London Marathon in memory of.

The girls also plan to run the London Marathon in April to raise funds for the hospice and in memory of their late friend Gay who sadly passed away last year.

The trio agreed to complete the 26.2 mile challenge at the funeral of their close friend.

The girls explained how Gay had often spoken about completing the marathon.

Danielle explains: “That is why I’m doing it, Gay spoke about it the weekend before she died, she is still an inspiration to us and we wanted to honour her memory. We all agreed to it at her funeral.”

In order to get to London and participate in the famous event, the girls must raise over £5, 000 for the medical and palitative care facility. To do so they have organised a number of fundraising events, the first of which is ‘The Hospice Rocks.’ The line up at the Nerve Centre event boasts the talents of Fighting With Wire, Our Krypton Son, Triggerman and Intermission among others.

Organising fundraisers is proving the easy part of the task. While Sarah is a member of City of Derry Spartans Athletics Club, former First Lady of Derry and Masons Bar manager, Rachael and Shepherd’s View support worker, Danielle are in training for the first time; “since leaving school.”

They even admit to thinking of backing out after their first three mile run.

“I was wrecked after our first efforts but we are up to nine miles mark. The tickets are on sale so there’s no backing out now,” laughed Rachael. Ballmagroarty runner, Danielle, said: “We are training four times a week now. Everyone has been really supportive, there is a real sense of ‘anything for the Hospice’ especially from our sponsors Paolo’s Pizzas.” The Nerve Centre hosts the event on February 4. Tickets, £8 early arrival is advised as demand is high.