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Family trio complete Icelandic marathon walk for charity

Jackie Linares and her two daughters Christina and Lauren took on a 42km marathon walk overnight around volcanos in Iceland to raise money for ‘walk the walk’ a breast cancer charity on June 18.

Christina, 22, told the Chronicle the trio decided to do it because they always enjoy a challenge.

“Me, my mum and sister (especially my mum) have always been sporty and active and love to take on anything that challenges us,” she said.

“It was actually my mum who decided to do it and asked me and my sister if we wanted to do it, we thought it would be a great experience for us three, a time to bond and give back to an amazing cause.”

The challenge is a marathon walk (42km) overnight around volcanos and vast parts of Iceland.

“We’ve prepared by just lots of walking and exercise, I live in a very nice area in Surrey where there are lots of nice walks to do and my mum and sister do some nice long walks in Spain some weekends on top of their regular walking in Gib,” she said.

Before heading off they aware that in Iceland during that time of year the sun is out for about 20+ hours a day which would make the walking at night a little easier.

“We managed to finish it but it was super tough, the weather was quite harsh towards the end with really strong winds but we pushed through,” Christina said.

Both Jackie, 55, and Lauren, 28, completed a half marathon five years ago to raise money for MS which is charity very close to the family.

“This is the first big challenge I am doing for charity and I am very excited,” said Christina.

“We’re really happy to be raising money for ‘walk the walk’ because we know what it’s like having a family member who is very ill and the toll it takes on a family.”

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