A FREELANCE hairdresser from Grafton with a passion for running is hoping to run the equivalent of more than two marathons in one day for a cause close to her heart.
Jude Dayne is taking part in the gruelling long distance race the Malvern Hills Ultra, on Saturday, May 5th.
Jude completed the 53-and-a-half mile long race last year and raised £1,700 for St Richard’s Hospice in Worcester. She would love to beat that figure this year.
The race starts in Droitwich at 9am and takes in Upton-upon-Severn and Welland before gruelling ascents up the Malvern Hills, after which runners head to Storridge and Martley and back to Droitwich.
“It’s two marathons in one day,” said Jude. “The navigation is harder than the distance. It took me 12 hours 36 minutes last year but I did get lost in a big wood in the dark! It’s a pretty tough thing. Last year 70 started and only 43 finished.”
Jude said finishing the race is more important than the actual time it takes.
She said she took up running when she was living in Overbury and working with horses.
“I wanted to keep fit so I decided to give it a go. I then did a Race for Life and that was it. It’s gone from there. I’m not fast but I can do distances. I use Bredon Hill and all the villages for running. Everybody sees me.”
Jude, who plans to move back to Overbury at the end of March, will be running in a St Richard’s Hospice T-shirt, which will benefit from her efforts.
“I’ve got quite a few friends who have got cancer. Some have survived and some haven’t,” she added.
“I am hoping to get as much financial support for the hospice as I can. I’m putting posters up all over the local shops.”
Any potential sponsors are welcome to ring Jude on 07763 894872.