Elise pre­par­ing for the Ul­tra marathon

Loughborough Echo - - SHEPSHED SCENE - PETE WAR­RING­TON pe­ter.war­ring­ton@reach­plc.com

A LOUGH­BOR­OUGH Uni­ver­sity mem­ber of staff is set to take part in an Ul­tra marathon to raise money for char­ity.

Elise Davies (22) will be run­ning the SW50 Ul­tra marathon in Wales on June 23 in aid of Breast Can­cer Re­search and said the chal­lenge is tak­ing her out of her com­fort zone.

“I am some­one that loves a chal­lenge but this is one that is re­ally go­ing to push me out­side of my com­fort zone and also out­side of the gym! The 50 mile course starts in the cen­tre of Bre­con town, then quickly takes you to the top of Pen y Fan, the high­est peak in South Bri­tain, over the Bre­con Bea­cons be­fore run­ning to Car- diff.

“Hav­ing com­peted as a weightlifter and pow­er­lifter for a num­ber of years, this is cer­tainly a new chal­lenge for me. Train­ing for the Ul­tra marathon has been very chal­leng­ing but a new chal­lenge that I have re­ally em­braced and learnt a lot from. I aim to run 4-5 times per week and those runs vary in dis­tance from 5 - 25 miles at a time. I think through train­ing for the Ul­tra I have re­alised that peo­ple are ca­pa­ble of far more than we al­low our­selves to be­lieve. I re­ally feel that if you put your mind to some­thing, any­thing is pos­si­ble.”

She is hop­ing to raise £750 for Breast Can­cer Re­search as her mum was di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer at the age of 34.

“My fam­ily has wit­nessed first-hand the great work that this char­ity does for their pa­tients and the loved ones that are also af­fected by Breast Can­cer. I felt that this chal­lenge was the least I could do to thank Can­cer Re­search UK for all the work that they do that en­ables fam­i­lies that are af­fected by Breast Can­cer as happy is my fam­ily is to­day. The re­search that this char­ity does is vi­tal in al­low­ing the great work to con­tinue.

“I would be ex­tremely grate­ful of any do­na­tions to this in­cred­i­ble cause and it will cer­tainly make all the train­ing worth­while.”

If you would like to sup­port Elise, visit https://www.justgiv­ing.com/fundrais­ing/elise­davies-sw50

Elise Davies will be run­ning the SW50 Ul­tra marathon in Wales in aid of Breast Can­cer Re­search.

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