A veterinary nurse has completed a marathon across the Great Wall of China in aid of charity.

RVN Nicola Ward completed the marathon in a resectable 6 hours 12 minutes.

RVN Nicola Ward, from Ardene House Veterinary Hospital in Aberdeen, negotiated more than 5,400 steps during the challenge, finishing in 6 hours 12 minutes.

The keen runner had already completed the Great North Run before finding out about the Great Wall Marathon.

‘Best thing’

Miss Ward said: “I’ve always wanted to walk along the Great Wall of China, so when I found out about it, it seemed like a good thing to do. It was the best thing I have done.”

However, she found adjusting to the climate difficult.

“Living in the north of Scotland, I couldn’t really acclimatise – I went from being in 12°C of heat to 32°C,” she said. “It was a case of wearing the right equipment and taking it slow and steady.”

When Miss Ward’s colleagues found out about the challenge she had signed up for, they thought she was crazy.

“They know I love running, but they did think I was a bit mad, but then, so did I,” she laughed.

“My employers were very supportive and have been fantastic. They provided sponsorship that allowed me to do the run – without it, I don’t think it would have been possible.”


Miss Ward completed her first 26-mile event in 2015 – the Lock Ness Marathon. This inspired her to take part in more events and raise money for Epilepsy Action, having raised almost £300 so far.

She said: “I know any money donated to the charity will be well spent. I would love to raise £750 for the charity and just need a little boost to get there.”

For now, Miss Ward is resting her feet, but she has already spotted her next potential challenge – a polar marathon in Greenland.

“I like the look of that, but in a couple of years as I will have to save up for it first,” she said.

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