Two staff from our community nursing team are limbering up to take on the trek of their lives.
The Eastbourne Beachy Head Marathon is one of the biggest off-road marathons in the UK and takes place this year on Saturday 29 October.
Among those getting into shape for the 26.2 mile trek along a challenging route through the South Downs National Country Park are Katie Wilmshurst and Jo Taylor from Demelza's community nursing team in East Sussex.
Katie from Hailsham has roped her mum Karen Wilmshurst into the mission, while Jo has persuaded husband Rob to share in her pain. The couple live in Maresfield, East Sussex. The girls have set themselves a target of £515.
Jo said: “Katie and I are really excited to be walking the Beachy Head marathon. We are also aware of what a huge challenge this is and Rob and I definitely need to get in a few long practice walks beforehand!”
Katie said: “I’ve done a few fun runs and a 10K for Demelza – but never anything as far as this. Hopefully, by walking and jogging, we can complete the course in about 7 hours – in daylight!”
Thousands of people are expected to take part in the marathon, which includes over 300 steps and 14 gates, passing through Jevington, Alfriston, Litlington, Friston Forest, the Cuckmere Valley and Seven Sisters, including Birling Gap and Beachy Head.
Julie Brett, Demelza’s Community Fundraiser in East Sussex, said: “Jo and Katie already give so much of their time and love to our Demelza families, it’s just brilliant that they are willing to literally go the extra mile by training and taking part in this marathon feat – all in their own time.”
The Eastbourne Beachy Head marathon is popular for its particularly scenic, if challenging, route along the coastal path. There is a 10K option for those who don’t think they can manage the full course.
Both races start from St Bede’s School in Eastbourne.
For further details, visit www.beachyheadmarathon.co.uk
To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/demelzateam4