Three ladies from Bournemouth Joggers have set their sights on an epic challenge of seven marathons in seven days to raise money for Bournemouth Hospital Charity.
Carole Loader, 49; Claire Woods, 42 and Pat Everitt, 54, all from Bournemouth, have trained for events together for the last 15 years and will take on the gruelling 200 miles. The trio will run from St Bees Head in Cumbria to Robin Hoods Bay in Northumberland next spring covering 200 miles.
Carole has fundraised for Bournemouth Hospital Charity in the past and was given the nickname ‘Crazy Chick’ due to the nature of her previous challenges which have included 20 marathons in 2012. Claire and Pat are as ambitious as Carole and so the trio have now been named the ‘Crazy Chicks’ by the charity.
The route takes the trio through the hilly Lake District, Yorkshire’s National Park and the Yorkshire Dales. Hills, boggy areas as well as whatever the weather throws at them will make their journey more difficult but the beautiful scenery along the way will help.
Accompanied by Pat’s husband Cliff driving their motorhome accommodation, the Crazy Chicks know that the challenge is a tough one but are looking forward to it.
Claire Woods, a nurse at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital said: “Pat and I haven’t been to the Lake District and Carole has only visited it before so it’s a totally new running route to us and we’re really excited.”
Carole Loader, who works at J P Morgan, said: “We’re all passionate about fundraising and know we’re going to have low points during the week but the fact that people are giving money which will help others is definitely going to keep us going.”
At the peak of training they will be running up to 60 miles a week as well as doing swimming and cycling but the motivated running buddies are focused on raising as much money as possible.
Pat Everitt said: “We’ve been raising money already by holding cake bake sales in our offices, car boot sales and have even started selling calendars.”
Melanie Croydon, Fundraising Officer for Bournemouth Hospital Charity said: “We were stunned when we found out what the Crazy Chicks’ were planning and are very grateful to be one of the charities that they are running for.
“Even though they are accomplished runners, 200 miles in seven days over the very difficult terrain is a massive challenge, one that most people couldn’t walk in a month let alone run in a week!.
“They have already raised over £1,000 for charity and we wish them the very best with their training over the coming months.”
To sponsor the crazy chicks please visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/runcoasttocoast