Elaine heading for Paris Marathon this weekend

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MOST people visit Paris for the cafes and culture. However, Elaine Pardoe from Carnoustie is visiting Paris this weekend for a very different reason.

On Sunday she will join over 35,000 other runners to take part in the Paris Marathon, a 26.2 mile run taking in some of the city’s most famous landmarks.

Elaine is no stranger to marathons, having previously taken part in the Edinburgh Marathon and the London Marathon. But, she does not feel that this will make the next one any easier.

“There are a lot of things to take into consideration on the day of the run,” she told the Guide & Gazette, “the main one being the weather.

“Paris can be cool at this time of year but it can also be very warm so I really don’t know what to expect. I’m really looking forward to the marathon though.

“It is a beautiful city and the marathon route takes in some of the most famous parts of Paris, with a long stretch along the Seine which should be lovely. It will be an amazing sight seeing 35,000 people line up in the Champs-Elysees, as it is normally full of traffic.”

As with her previous marathons, Elaine will be raising money for Augment, an Arbroath-based mental health charity.

She said: “I know how much the money I have raised in the past has meant to the people at Augment and I feel that it’s a really worthwhile charity to run for as they have helped so many people.

“I am really grateful to The Spar shop in Carnoustie High Street who have offered to sponsor me again this year. They have supported me with my two previous marathons and it’s great that they want to get involved again this year.”

As well as sponsoring Elaine, Spar permitted her to collect money outside the shop on Saturday when £115 was realised. She extended thanks to everyone who had contributed.

For more information about Augment visit their website at www.augment.org.uk and if you would like to donate to Elaine’s fund-raising you can do so by e-mailing her at elainepardoe@yahoo.com