WHEN Liz Davies crossed the finish line of the Blackpool Marathon a couple of weeks ago, it was for a cause very close to her heart.
The Blackpool-born personal trainer is taking on a mammoth challenge – running 12 marathons in 2012 in the hope of raising £40,000 for Spinal Research.
The second one was the Blackpool Marathon.
Not satisfied with running more than 300 miles in marathons, the 22-year-old has decided to finish the challenge in style, with her own ultra-marathon – a 200-mile run from Newcastle to Blackpool, over five days in October.
Liz, who now lives in Gosforth, wanted to do something significant and raise money for Spinal Research, as the cause means a lot to her, due to a condition her dad developed two years ago.
George Davies has Cauda Equina Syndrome, a slow and painful neurological condition which may eventually paralyse him from the waist down.
As the condition is so rare, researchers are yet to find a cure.
Liz said: “I wanted to take on a task that will raise money for spinal research. I decided to think outside the box.
“I first thought of doing 12 marathons because I was taking on the challenge in 2012, but as I built up my fitness, I decided to get an early start and complete the Anglesey marathon in January, which included running up and down a mountain twice. I completed the run in five hours and 18 minutes, and came 10th out of all the females, so I was really happy with that.
“It inspired me to push myself even further, and that’s when I came up with the idea of completing the challenge by running from Newcastle to Blackpool.
“My dad thinks I’m mad, but I am determined to do this and prove to myself and others it can be done, as it means so much to me.
“I’d like to thank my sponsors Sue Clark Health & Fitness, UK Credit Services, Perro, Gentle Hands Therapy and Up and Running, because without them this challenge would not be possible, and I would not be able to raise money for such a worthwhile cause.”
George, who lives in South Shore, added: “I think Liz is crazy, but I couldn’t be more proud of her, and everything she’s set out to achieve.”
For more information log on to www.lizisrunning.moonfruit.com,or sponsor her at www.justgiving.com/Elizabeth-Davies6