A NEWBURY mother has raised hundreds of pounds for charity after completing the Great South Run at the weekend.
Julie Kaesser, 44, took on the 10-mile run through Portsmouth on Sunday and has so far raised £700 for Home-Start West Berkshire where she works.
A delighted Mrs Kaesser, who laced up her running shoes for the very first time in May, completed the run in one hour 35 minutes.
“I didn’t know I could run that fast,” she joked.
“The atmosphere was amazing – 25,000 people taking part and many, many more thousands lining the streets.
“I had a great run, breaking all my expectations.”
The mum-of-two, who currently runs the charity’s support group dealing with post-natal depression, said working closely to help young families has helped her focus on raising as much money as possible.
“I just see the benefits first hand,” she said. “I’ve got such a passion for it. I can see the changes that it makes to families and it’s just amazing.”
The charity worker also paid tribute to her family, who made the trip to Portsmouth to support her.
She said: “It’s always something I wanted to do and my family have been really supportive when I’ve been training.
“The whole family came down to support me, which helped a lot during the race.”
The run saw Mrs Kaesser jog past the sights of Southsea and Portsmouth, including the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, home of HMS Victory and past the Spinnaker Tower, before finishing on the seafront.
Anyone wishing to sponsor Mrs Kaesser can still do so via www.gofundme.com/2rwy2uc
All money raised will go toward Home Start’s new project, supporting and working with teenage parents.