THE FUND-RAISING exploits of marathon man Eddie Izzard have helped inspire a Buxworth runner to put her best foot forward and attempt a gruelling challenge in aid of charity.
Abigail Phillips will cover the breadth of the country next Easter, running 180 miles coast-to-coast between Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and Whitehaven on her own, with just her husband Stephen for support.
The mother-of-two hopes the two-week challenge, hot-footing the famous Reivers Coast to Coast cycle route, will raise over £2,500 for The Children’s Adventure Farm, which provides holidays and activities for terminally ill, chronically sick, disabled and disadvantaged children from all over the North West.
Abi, who runs her own business The Cake Nest, has chosen The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust as her nominated charity for 2011. Last year, Stephen completed a sponsored cycle ride from London to Paris in aid of their 2010 nominated charity Action Medical Research, helping them raise £1,500.
“I thought it was my turn to do something, explained 34-year-old Abi,” of Brierley Park.
“I’ve done quite a few half marathons in the past, but this is the first time I have ever attempted anything like this. It’s going to be like attempting a half marathon every day.
“It’s nice to raise money for some of the smaller charities. Sometimes they seem to get forgotten. I want to help raise their profile, and thought if I did something completely over the top it would work out well for them.”
Abi’s inspiration for the challenge has come from stand-up comic Eddie Izzard, who in 2009 completed 43 marathons in 51 days for Sport Relief, despite no prior history of long-distance running.
“I just thought he was amazing, the way he kept going,” she added. “I do think there’s going to be a point in my challenge when I’m tired and don’t want to get up. But I have made a commitment to the charity, and it is also something that I want to do for myself as well.”
l Anyone wishing to sponsor Abi can visit her Just Giving page www.justgiving.com/cakenest, and follow her training progress at www.thecakenest.co.uk/blog.
Any local businesses wishing to offer their support can contact Abi directly on 01663 750447.