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Jayne's hell of a half marathon

By Working Wonders, Oct 21 2016 04:17PM

The things people do for charity! And as if last year wasn’t enough, Jayne Spencer, Working Wonders Project Manager has done it again – completed the 15 plus miles of the ‘Hell Up North’ race in Delamere Forest, Cheshire.

Described as ‘staring into the jaws of hell’ and the ‘toughest half marathon in the world’, Jayne braved the Bog of Doom, Lucifer’s Lido and the Devil’s Disco to raise funds for Working Wonders

“I was truly shattered afterwards,” says Jayne. “After 13 miles of bogs, hills, water and pain we discovered someone had added two or three extra miles on! The mini lake in the woods which was chest high with water last year was eight foot deep in places so we had to swim across 200 metres of freezing water. Then having to climb up and down four 20 feet ravines nearly polished me off.!

The promise of being hosed down by firemen at the end was an incentive, Jayne admits, so she was disappointed to find that they were actually 12 year old fire cadets.

Jayne has raised just under £200 so far, but it’s not too late to make a donation. See details below. Her mud extravaganza will support young people in Calderdale. Working Wonders provides work ready support for young people who require access to training, work and apprenticeships. The charity also works with local employers who are seeking to recruit young people.

“The aim is to make our work ready programme available on a long term basis, providing support to young people into apprenticeships and work,” says Jayne. “We provide financial support for young people which includes travel costs, lunch costs, cost of work interview clothes, work clothes and any additional expenses such as DBS checks, CSSC Cards and first aid certificates.

“Any young person aged 14-25 in Calderdale can access our services at the Orange Box Young people’s centre, a very accessible town centre location, in Halifax.”

To sponsor Jayne and help support Working Wonders go to . Or email Jayne at or

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