Sharon Rees-Williams, 45, from Eastleigh, has just completed a Centenary challenge for Macmillan Cancer Support. The intrepid runner wanted to take on a personal challenge after 2 close friends and a member of her family were all diagnosed with cancer in recent years. Sharon already works as a Volunteering Adviser for the charity, but was determined to make her own mark after seeing first-hand the impact a Cancer diagnosis can have upon a family.
Sharon came to the idea of running 100 miles in 100 days to tie in with Macmillan’s Centenary year, something that was particularly challenging for Sharon who is a self confessed non-runner. She says;
‘I was inspired to take up running again for my fundraising, after giving it up last year as I could not get past the one mile mark for love nor money (long story and to do with very tight calf muscles and for some strange reason my feet insisting on running on tip toes like a ballerina).
‘I started it on 2nd April and aimed to complete the 100 miles within 100 days, but am very pleased (and surprised) that I was able to complete in 73 days, topped off by doing the last ½ mile with my volunteering colleagues on 14 June, near to our Vauxhall offices. It was really hot and muggy and after a busy day’s travelling and work for all of us it was hard work but fantastic to be finishing my challenge with such a supportive and fantastic bunch of people! I also cannot sing the praises of my sports injury therapist enough for managing to get me out of my tippy toe running style which alleviated the pain a great deal!’
Sharon has been keeping a blog of the trials and tribulations leading up to the completion of her personal Centenary Challenge, which can be seen at Sharon’s just giving page where you can also support her fundraising efforts by making a donation.