Laura Coyle from Dungiven is the first to admit she isn’t known for her sporting prowess.
The 30-year-old dentist, who lives and works in Liverpool, says she’ll hitch a lift any day over having to walk.
“I’m not a runner and everyone who knows me say they would pay to see me run!” she says, laughing. “I am the sort of person who is known for always doing the bare minimum.”
This Sunday, however, Laura is going against the grain and surprising everyone who thought she would never compete in a race.
The county Derry woman is lacing up for charity, with the aim of raising hundreds of pounds.
The bubbly 30-year-old who works at the University of Liverpool Dental Hospital, will be among thousands at the start line in the city for the UK Cancer Research ‘Race For Life’.
Laura says she is doing the race in memory of her mum, Mary P. Coyle (nee Barr from Derry) who passed away from cancer in 2005.
“My mum always loved having a laugh and got on so well with people,” says Laura. “She was an amazing person. “
Laura says she will have a picture of her mum on her race bib or T- shirt on the day.
She says she is also doing the charity race to help people with cancer, which she sees first hand through her job.
“I see people who have cancer and they come in and never complain and just get on with life,” she says.
Laura admits getting to the 5K stage hasn’t been easy given her background of doing “the bare minimum”.
“I can do 5K now, but I’m shattered at the end of it!”
So far Laura has raised almost £200, and hopes in the end to raise £400.
“I’m looking forward to the race. I think it will be a brilliant atmosphere.
“I’m doing it with a girl from Tandragee, Lynne Millsopp and she’s not a runner either, but we’ve helped each other through it.”
Thanking everyone who has sponsored her so far, Laura added: “I won’t be the fastest, but I will finish it!”
Laura has a sponsorship page at http://www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/lynne-and-laura
Laura Coyle with her mum, the late Mary. P Coyle (nee Barr). 0607SJ1