A PENARTH woman is set to run more than 2,000 miles in the space of a year in aid of a charity that aims to inspire young people with learning disabilities.
Sue Lane, who is planning on running around 40 miles a week, will start her epic challenge on January 1 next year in aid of the Follow Your Dreams charity.
Sue, who recently moved to Custom House Place at Penarth Marina, is hoping to raise a total of £2,015 in her year-long challenge
“I’m nothing if not tenacious, so it will be done even if I have to drag myself around it,” she said.
“It won’t be done in one go, I’ll be combining it with the likes of the Cardiff Half Marathon and Cardiff 10k.”
Sue, who works for Zenith Security Specialists Ltd in Cardiff, came up with the idea after spending six months training for the Cardiff Half Marathon
“Trying to recover from a car accident I wanted to keep the weight off, so I signed up for the Cardiff Half Marathon and wanted to raise money for a local charity,” she said.
“I chose Follow Your Dreams as I’ve always been a Welsh rugby fan and Mike Phillips is the charity’s patron.”
She added that after completing the Cardiff Half Marathon last year, as well as the Llanelli Marathon this year, she decided that she “needed to do something a bit more” and came up with the idea of running 2,015 miles in 2015.
“It sounded like a bit of a gimmick, but I was doing around 40miles a week in the build up to the Cardiff Half Marathon so I thought I would be able to do it,” she said.
“I am now found most days running round Penarth Marina or over the barrage, and doing hill sprints and tempos at the instruction of my personal trainer as that’s what is needed to get my time down.”
In a bid to train for her challenge she has signed up for several local races.
“I ran the Cardiff Bay 5 mile on the May Bank Holiday in an annoying 50 minutes and 30 seconds, but it’s definitely a move in the right direction. My next big race is the Cardiff 10k in September and then the Cardiff Half Marathon in October,” she said.
She added about the challenge: “It is the equivalent of almost three half marathons every week through snow, showers and summer sun so not an easy challenge. You can follow my progress online from January 1, 2015, and you will be able to donate throughout the year or “Pay Per Mile” adding to the challengers total miles.”
She is also appealing for corporate sponsors where companies can have their names printed on her running t-shirts, their logo on her sponsors page and regular mentions on her blog and social media.
For more information go to http://fyd-challenge2015.co.uk/index.html or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also follow her on twitter at @FYDChallenge