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Runner to complete 10 marathons in 10 days to raise funds for junior parkrun

PUBLISHED: 16:30 04 June 2018 | UPDATED: 15:15 06 June 2018

Melanie Sturman will complete 10 marathons in 10 days twice to help fundraise for a junior parkrun event. 
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017

Melanie Sturman will complete 10 marathons in 10 days twice to help fundraise for a junior parkrun event. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

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A Norfolk runner is preparing to take on 10 marathons in 10 days to help raise money to start a junior parkrun event.

Melanie Sturman completed the marathon and raised money for  the youth development charity Latitude Global Volunteering. Picture: Melanie SturmanMelanie Sturman completed the marathon and raised money for the youth development charity Latitude Global Volunteering. Picture: Melanie Sturman

Thetford parkrun director Mel Sturman is keen to launch the new event by the end of the year but needs to raise £3,000 to cover the initial set up costs.

Last year Miss Sturman ran 10 marathons in 10 days for the fourth time, clocked up her 200th marathon, and achieved 52 marathons in 52 weeks.

And this year she is hoping to raise money towards the junior parkrun event as she takes on the marathon challenges.

Miss Sturman, who lives in Thetford, said she hopes the junior event can encourage children to enjoy running, help with their health and build their confidence.

Thetford parkrun. Photo: Melanie SturmanThetford parkrun. Photo: Melanie Sturman

“One of my focuses as a healthcare worker is child obesity,” she said. “For me it is also recognising that young people can suffer from mental health and social issues.

“They will get something out of the parkrun. It is something for all abilities.”

She added: “My aim once we have got it up and running is to get the schools involved with it.”

From June 28th until July 7 the 47-year-old will take on the Great Barrow Challenge and from August 18 until August 28 she will head to Kent for the Saxons, Vikings, and Normans event.

Thetford parkrun. Photo: Melanie SturmanThetford parkrun. Photo: Melanie Sturman

“The Kent one will be the tough one mentally as it will be the same route every day,” she said. “I just thought I would push it a little bit more and I thought it would be a great fundraising initiative.”

The popular 5km Thetford parkrun is now in its fifth year and regularly attracts more than 200 people every Saturday morning at the Abbey Meadows.

The junior run, designed for four to 11-year-olds, will be a 2km route and will run at 9.30am on Sunday mornings from a location to be confirmed.

Miss Sturman said the different location and day will enable families to attend both events.

The keen runner is also on track to complete her personal challenge of completing the World Marathon Majors before she turns 50. She has already taken on London, Berlin and New York and is set to take on Chicago in October and Tokyo next year before completing Boston and her 300th marathon.

To donate visit the Thetford parkrun website and include junior parkrun or Mel’s 10 in 10 in the note section.

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