A woman training for the London Marathon is running with her dog in an effort to prepare her for a top performance on the big day.
Mrs Beverley Hancock, 40, of Main Street, North Muskham, and her dog, Magic, have so far run up to 13 miles together. The marathon is on April 21.
She said: “Magic is not actually running the marathon on the day but he is doing the majority of training with me apart from the really big runs. I can’t think of anyone better to train with than my best friend.”
Magic is a two-year-old weimarana and is naturally a very active dog.
He has done the 5km CaniX race with Mrs Hancock, where the dogs are attached to their owners with a harness and they run round together.
He has also taken part in dog competitions.
The pair do much of their training at Sherwood Pines, Edwinstowe, to use the off-road trails.
Mrs Hancock said: “I like going to Sherwood Pines because that is better than doing it all on the roads. I have got up to a half-marathon and he did the full 13 miles.
“It gives me that bit more motivation to get out.”
Mrs Hancock wants to beat the 41/2-hour mark for the 26.2mile course and is raising money for I CAN, a charity for children with communication difficulties.
It runs the Dawn House School in Rainworth, a specialist school for five to 19 year olds with communication difficulties. Her son, Kane, who has autism, attends.
She aims to raise £1,800 and is organising an 1980s charity disco at North Muskham Rural Community Centre on March 16 to help towards the cause.
Tickets are £10 and can be bought by contacting Mrs Hancock on 07970 396084 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org