A charity worker has vowed to run 510 miles in just 20 weeks to raise vital funds for Brunelcare.
The number of miles, equivalent to 19.4 marathons, represents the number of tenants and residents across the Brunelcare’s five care homes and three Extra Care Housing sites.
Kath Embling, who is the digital marketing coordinator at Brunelcare, started her challenge yesterday and ran 3.3 miles around her local area, St Berburghs in Bristol.
She’ll continue to run 23 miles – almost a marathon each week – with no rest days, until the 154 day challenge has been completed on October 14. Embling believes the challenge will take her, in total, an average of 103 hours, a total of eight days of running.
She originally hoped to raise £500 for the charity to buy wellbeing supplies, but she had already raised £700 before her challenge had started.
Embling said: “I wanted to do something special for Brunelcare, something that meant a lot to our tenants and residents and something they could get involved in. The money I raise will fund wellbeing activities within our care homes and will go towards future day trips for our residents to look forward to once we’re out of lockdown. I’ve never taken part in a challenge like this before, but I can’t wait to get my trainers on later and complete my first run.”
A former avid runner, Embling used to regularly take part in races all over the UK, until she sustained a foot injury six years ago. Her injury was so bad that she believed it was unlikely she could run again and some days even struggled to walk without pain. After years of intensive physiotherapy to heal her injury, she has only started running again recently.
Embling will document her daily run using Strava, which can also be accessed via her Just Giving page.