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Runner raises cash for cats

By Central Somerset Gazette  |  Posted: December 12, 2013

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A VOLUNTEER has completed 28 races to raise awareness for Glastonbury and Wells Cats Protection.

Emma Challis, 41, originally wanted to run five half marathons, but has completed a staggering ten half marathons, one full marathon and 17 other races for the charity.

Emma said: "I ran the races to help raise some awareness, as we lost a couple of our long-standing volunteers this year and we were sorry to see them go.

"We have since been lucky enough to have more people come forward willing to give their time to volunteer for this charity."

A number of years ago she had experienced back and pelvis injuries, which led Emma to think that running was in the past for her.

She added: "I proved myself wrong and surpassed my own expectations.

"I managed to twist my pelvis quite painfully a few weeks before my first full marathon, back in September 2013.

"It seemed likely I would have to pull out, but with determination, careful training and the administrations of the town's osteopath, I succeeded in completing the 26.2 miles through the New Forest."

Emma only started racing this year and in the last 12 months has run more than 1000 miles.

She said: "Next year I hope to take part in more races and I have already booked my place in two full marathons and have my eye on more.

"My training is already well in hand and I look forward with much enthusiasm to taking part in more races on behalf of the Cats Protection."

For more information about Cats Protection visit www.cats.org.uk.

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