Sue runs the extra mile for charity

One of our wonderful landladies, Sue, went the extra mile during her charity run in aid of African Orphans.

Sue is aiming to raise £3,500 for her daughter-in-law and grandson to travel to Uganda to work with the charity YWAM Uganda, which helps African children who have lost their parents and families to HIV/AIDS.

She planned to run a marathon (just over 26 miles) from the popular watering hole to Brecon along the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal, but ended up running 28.5 miles instead!

“I had to leave the canal somewhere near Llangattock because they shut the tow path and I had to make a detour down the village and run back up again to get back on the path,” explained Sue.

Some of the Goose regulars, its co-owner Rhiannon and her son Morgan, helped to keep Sue’s spirits and energy levels high along the way with shouts of encouragement, bananas and sweet coffee.

But it was also the thought of why she was running which Sue says helped her to keep going.

“The charity does fantastic work for the children who have lost their parents to AIDS and HIV,” said Sue.

“The children have absolutely nothing, down to no shoes on their feet and living on the streets.

“I know my daughter in law, who is a nurse, will help to make such a difference especially with the aid she is taking with her.

“Thinking of them helped me get to the end, although it wasn’t easy.”

Most marathon runners ‘hit a wall’ but for Sue, it was a bridge too far just a couple of miles from the finishing line.

“I knew I had to run from bridge 84 to 164 when I got on the canal,” said Sue.

“So psychologically I thought I had finished when I got to the last bridge although I still had a couple of miles to go.

“That was the most difficult bit but Morgan who rode behind me on his bike kept telling me I could do it.”

Sue completed the course in five hours and 30 minutes and celebrated in style.

“I broke down in tears at the end,” said Sue, “but I had a nice cup of tea, glass of merlot and gluten free carrot cake in Theatr Brycheiniog to celebrate!”

So far, Sue has raised £350 from donations from the regulars at the Goose and Cuckoo, with another £60 or so on her Just Giving Page.

But in terms of her fundraising efforts, the sky’s the limit.

“Most of the crazy ideas I have, including the run, was dreamed up in the pub! So, I am now organising a sponsored skydive in the Autumn and any of the locals are welcome to join me!”

To sponsor Sue please visit her Just Giving page: