Search

Rainham woman putting endurance to limit with 10 marathons in 10 days

16:45 26 February 2013

Karen Hurrell during the 10in10 last year

Karen Hurrell during the 10in10 last year

Archant

A legal secretary will put her body to the test later this year when she runs 10 marathons in 10 days for charity.

Karen Hurrell is set to take part in one of the most daunting endurance runs in the world when she runs in the Brathay Windermere 10in10.

And before the May event, the Rainham resident is set to take part in her 100th marathon over Easter.

She explained: “I speak to quite a lot of other runners and see them at the events, it’s a social thing as well.

“I don’t really think of it as anything unsuaul, some people I know have run 850 marathons, some are into four figures.

“It’s known as the darkside: - once you start you can’t escape.”

The 49-year-old member of the Dagenham 88 Runners club started running marathons in 2001 and last year took part in “32 or 33” of the events.

Karen has also raised well over £10,000 for charity along the way.

She said: “In 1998 my dad died, and I comfort ate a lot and put on a bit of weight. I then started going to the gym and then some people I worked with suggested I go running, and it turned out to be quite fun.”

Last year she took part the 10in10 challenge, in the Lake District, but was ill and believes she can do better than her aggregate time of 54 hours and 58 minutes – and she’s also hoping to raise more money for charity.

“I had a cold I couldn’t shake but was lucky that I didn’t have any bad injuries. But it’s psychologically very difficult and tiring,” she said.

“You get a bit irrational, one morning before a race I couldn’t find my lucky mug and got very upset.

“You get aches and strains and you are on your own a lot of the time.”

The challenge raises money for schemes to help disadvantaged and vulnerable children.

To sponsor Karen visit www.justgiving.com/ultrakazzaaaaah-10in10.

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 18:55
The power cut is causing delays between Liverpool Street and Shenfield

Trains between Liverpool Street and Shenfield are delayed this evening due to electrical supply problems at Forest Gate.

Yesterday, 17:08
Right Choice Insurance Brokers staff take part in this year's Wear It Pink event. Picture: Vicci Shaughnessy

Insurance brokers were tickled pink as they raised money for a breast cancer charity,

Yesterday, 16:46
Mayor, Cllr Linda Trew, with Stefania Rossi and the team at the Utopia re-launch

A beauty salon has received a glamorous makeover.

Yesterday, 15:34
Angel Williams, 13 (Picture: Metropolitan Police)

A 13-year-old Romford girl who went missing last week has been found safe and well, police have confirmed.

Most read news

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Biffo and Bobo better stay away from the town of Vendargues this Halloween.

As a state of emergency is declared in Burkina Faso, what does the future hold for its president and people?

It might not be moving very fast but it’s still causing problems.

After staging an Ebola-themed night, a nightclub has been forced to make an apology after hundreds complained about the tasteless event.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition