MARATHON mums Karen Riley and Lynda Home are gearing up for 26.2 miles of excitement.
The women are running the London Marathon, with three local charities benefiting from their marathon effort.
And the super-mums will be cheered on by their five children, who think their mums are “cool” for running the marathon next Sunday.
Karen, an NHS secretary, said: “I am feeling very nervous at the moment, but excited as well.
“I think the scary part is not knowing what to expect.
“But I think it will be such a fantastic atmosphere and hopefully that will get me through the last few miles, which will be the hardest.
“Our kids are excited about it; they said it’s cool.”
The two women stepped up their training and have been pounding the streets of Longwood and Huddersfield since Christmas.
Both women are keen runners and have taken part in many fun runs and long-distance runs.
It is the first time Karen has run a marathon, but the mother-of-two has taken part in several Great North Runs.
She is running for the Forget Me Not Trust and the Golcar Old Folk’s Treat, of which her stepfather, Philip Ader, was treasurer for two decades until he died last year.
Lynda, a 43-year-old carer, ran the London Marathon last year and is looking forward to it again this year.
She is running to raise money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.