Divorce was the inspiration for one woman to enter her first marathon - and she has chosen the first one to be held in Great Yarmouth.

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This year the East Coast Run in Yarmouth will feature a 26 mile marathon for the first time in its five year existence, and for one visiting runner, Jane Noble, 45, from Witham, Essex, it represents moving on.

Accountant Jane broke up with her long-time partner this year, a relationship that had followed a divorce from her husband of 18 years.

Instead of resting on her laurels, she rejoined a running club in an effort to make new friends.

It was such a success she has now found herself embarking on a full marathon.

Jane said: “Having become a single person for the first time in over 20 years, I had the usual fears for my uncertain future and the dreaded lonely Sunday afternoons.

“And like many women, confidence and self-esteem issues often emerge when unsatisfactory and unsustainable relationships break down.

“Many of my friends have turned to internet dating, nothing wrong with that, but I decided to rejoin my local running club. Running is a great form of exercise because it is so cheap, roads and fields are free.

“Everyone knows what keeping fit can do for the body, the results are visible for all to see.

“But it’s what running can do for the mind that has become so important to me.”

The marathon is on Sunday, October 21 and will see athletes competing across 26.2 miles of Yarmouth town and seafront, starting at 9am.

Jane will be wearing the number 1 on her top and will run with friend Penny.

She added: “Running has filled my free time, given me valuable friendships, boosted my confidence and improved me emotionally and physically.

“You get a brilliant high and feeling of accomplishment at the end of a run.

“To know what 26.2 miles feels like will be revealing. I am not a fast runner and Great Yarmouth will be a long, slow five hour run for me and Penny, my goal is to just get round.

“Being there at the start line is an achievement, crossing the Finish line will be an even better one.

“So I would say to anyone, of any age, who suddenly find they have more free time, whether it’s because the children have started school or flown the nest, retirement or just single like me - don’t panic, join a running club, make friends, get fit and enjoy your free time.”

To enter the run, fill in the form on this page and send to the address on the form.

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