Laura’s marathon challenge
A TERRITORIAL Army caretaker will be putting her military fitness and love of animals to good use when she takes part in seven long distance running challenges.
Between now and April, Laura Day, of Kilnmead, Northgate, will run three half-marathons, three marathons and a 15-mile hill challenge to raise cash for an animal rescue charity – and she’s doing it all in memory of her beloved labrador Buddy.
Buddy, who came to Laura from a rescue centre when he was three, died last year and she describes him as her “inspiration” when it comes to running.
Laura, 32, trains with British Military Fitness in Reigate, and ran her first marathon in Brighton in April, finishing in an impressive three hours, 30 minutes and 30 seconds.
She said: “After that I thought that, if I did another one, I’d do it for charity. Then I thought I’d do a lot of them!”
The first challenge will be the New Forest Half Marathon on September 23 followed by the Beachy Head Marathon on October 27. The Three Mole Hills will be run on November 25 before Laura gets a break in the run-up to the Brighton Half Marathon on February 17.
The Eastbourne Half Marathon on March 3 will be followed by the Brighton Marathon on April 14 and finally the London Marathon on April 21.
As if these challenges were not enough, Laura is hoping that, during her November to February break, a company will sponsor her to carry out another challenge – possibly a bungee jump.
As for her chosen charity - Last Chance Animal Rescue in Edenbridge – Laura said: “They put everything they have into caring for the animals. They have no frills – I love the way that every penny that comes in goes on vets’ bills, food and bedding.”
To sponsor Laura, log on to www.charitygiving.co.uk/lauraandbuddy
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