Sue Brookes has been running every day alongside her dog whilst giving up alcohol for the month because she wants to support St. Catherines Hospice.
The Preston woman wanted to get out and about and have something to focus on whilst supporting a good cause:
“I decided to do the challenge because my fitness levels have dropped during the winter months, I’m more of a summer runner if I’m honest. Being asthmatic, running helps a lot and I find I don’t need to use my inhaler much at all.
“I wanted to sign up to something which would help me keep focus and motivated. I have a 1-year-old Sprollie who loves to get out running with me so we will be doing most of the challenge together.”
Sue is determind to give something back to the hospice that cares for adults who have a life-shortening condition, and their loved ones:
“I decided to raise money for St Catherine’s Hospice because they are a local charity who need to raise a large amount of their own running costs. It’s nice to be able to give something back to such an amazing charity who do so much to help people in their time of need.
“In 2008 my mum was diagnosed with a terminal illness and was due to go to St Catherine’s to be cared for but unfortunately passed away before the arrangements could be made.”
The challenge Sue is aiming to complete is running 100 miles in January whilst also giving up alcohol for the month.
Up to now, she has had no troubles giving up alcohol but is having to power through a tough injury on the running side:
“The dry January bit isn’t a problem, I haven’t been tempted with alcohol so far which is good considering I was helping to keep the Prosecco companies in business leading up to Christmas and new year.
“The running side has been a bit more difficult. I have recently started doing a bit of mountain bike riding and fell off the bike on day 2 of the challenge. I am currently running with bruised ribs and knees but I am determined to keep going and complete the challenge I set out to do.”
You can help Sue raise as much as possible for St. Catherine’s hospice by donating to her Justgiving page here.