A Houghton Regis mum walked her way to victory as she completed a 10-mile challenge for the British Lung Foundation on July 15.
Canasta Tiffin, 43, hit her target and raised £100 for the charity in memory of her dear friend, Richard Tuffnell, who suffered from the condition COPD.
Canasta used to be Richard’s cleaner and the pair struck up a friendship, with Canasta now missing the conversation and cups of tea with her pal.
She said: “I started from home, heading up round the top of Dunstable and working my way back down to Houghton Regis.
“I bumped into a gentleman who stood with his hand on his hips and read my T-shirt. He said ‘I’ve just come out of hospital last week after having pneumonia - well done’. That was really nice of him; I had so much encouragement.”
Richard passed away in March, aged 86, and Canasta says she was thinking about him throughout the three hour morning walk.
She now hopes to complete a half marathon one day, and also take on a challenge for a dementia charity.
She laughed: “Richard would have given me a thumbs up and said ‘good on you!’ Then he would have told me off for doing this with my bad knee!”
Canasta would like to thank everyone for their support.