North East family complete Hadrian's Wall Marathon Trek in memory of cancer sufferer

Claire Shand, Claire Booth and Rob Booth have taken on the 26-mile challenge in memory of Jen Booth who lost her battle with cancer

Left to right, Claire Shand, Claire Booth and Rob Booth at the finish line of the Hadrian's Wall Marathon Trek
Left to right, Claire Shand, Claire Booth and Rob Booth at the finish line of the Hadrian's Wall Marathon Trek

Family members of a former Northumbria Police sergeant who died from cancer in February completed a 26-mile trek of Hadrian’s Wall in her memory.

Jen Booth, from Longframlington, died at the age of just 34 following a six-month battle with bowel cancer, and her fighting qualities inspired twin sister Claire Shand, younger brother Rob Booth and his wife Claire Booth to embark upon their fundraising challenge on Saturday.

The trio took on the gruelling Macmillan Trekathon alongside 320 others, walking from Broccolita Fort in the east to Lanercost Priory near Brampton and raising almost £2,500 for the charity in the process.

Jen, a former student of Morpeth’s King Edward IV High School, was based in Morpeth, Alnwick and Berwick during her policing career, and was also a keen horse rider, walker and mountain biker in her spare time.

Jen Booth walking in the hills
Jen Booth walking in the hills
 

Claire Shand said: “Jen loved gallivanting about in the Northumberland hills so this challenge felt like a fitting tribute to her.

“I’m sure she was with us in spirit on Saturday, kicking us on up the hills when the going got tough.

“It was an amazing day - hard going and a tad emotional but so worthwhile. Macmillan were a massive support to Jen through her illness and if the money we raise can go towards helping another family get through cancer then it’s sweat and tears well spent.”

Rob added: “It feels unbelievable to have done it. Battling through wind, blisters and craggy hillsides we all finished the challenge in under 12 hours.

“Thanks to everyone who donated and helped to spur us on. Altogether the day has raised over £100,000 for Macmillan and we are very proud to have been part of that.”

To continue to donate, visit justgiving.com/trekrc

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