01:18PM, Tuesday 03 May 2016
Town manager Steph James will be trading the High Street for muddy hill trails when she tackles a gruelling 52-mile ultra marathon next month.
Steph, 33, is already a seasoned marathon runner and Iron Man competition veteran. But this race is personal.
She began training for the Evesham Ultra Marathon back in January with long-time running partner Louise Ferriman.
But only three weeks into training Louise received the devastating news her three-year-old son George had a form of blood cancer called acute myeloid leukaemia.
Louise had to pull out of the race to concentrate on caring for George but Steph is running it alone to raise vital funds for CLIC Sargent, one of the charities helping the family.
The race, in the Cotswolds, takes place on Sunday, May 8 and will see Steph tackling muddy hill trails on a route with more than 5,000ft of ascent – 500ft more than the height of Ben Nevis.
She said: “I will be running the race this year without Lou as she and her family rally round to help George with his fight. But I will be taking my inspiration from her determination and strength.
“Louise has been a huge inspiration for my training and knowing that I am running to raise money for CLIC Sargent, a charity that has helped George and the family, will keep me going through the mud and hills of the race.”
You can sponsor Steph at her just giving page at http://tinyurl.com/jfzuuuf
Little George’s battle has provoked a huge community response in the form of the #fightforGeorge campaign. You can follow his progress at www.facebook.com/fightforgeorge
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