An Eastbourne woman will be running, jumping, crawling, climbing, swimming and dragging herself through a series of challenges to raise money for St Wilfrid’s Hospice.
Cat Denning is pushing herself to the limits to complete more than 10 gruelling road, trail and obstacle course races between June and December in the hope of raising £1,000 for the charity, which equates to ten per cent of its daily running costs.
The 30-year-old has already completed the Bexhill 5km and the World War Run, which included obstacles such as tyre walls, hay bales, sand carrying and stream crossings, all accompanied with a lot of mud.
Last Sunday, she also completed the Bewl 15-mile trail race and managed to finish 19th in her age category out of 60 women aged 30-39.
Cat decided to raise funds for St Wilfrid’s Hospice after being impressed by how much it offered to someone close to her who is currently under their care. She said, “The space is cheerful and inviting, the staff always smile and they really do try and make sure patients have the best quality of life imaginable, including those little luxuries we all take for granted. I wanted to say thank you, and this seemed like the best way.
“While standard running races are hard enough, obstacle course races combine distance running with natural and man-made obstacles, including vertical walls, uneven or muddy terrain, log carries, muddy trenches, rivers, rope climbs, barbed wire crawls and even fire. I only started running in April this year, so this really is a challenge for me. I’m a total novice.”
Cat still has many more races lined up, including the Brighton Aquathlon and the infamous Spartan Beast. She will also take the Colour the Coast run, the Rat Race River Run and the NUTS challenge, among others. By the end of it all, she will have run further than the equivalent of two marathons and clocked more than 200 hours of training, all while working full time.
Cat will also be hosting a variety of other fundraising activities, including a pub quiz in August and an online pet show in October, to maximise her fundraising efforts.
You can donate to Cat’s fundraising at www.justgiving.com/thecatandthesaint, and keep up with her training and racing progress on her blog at https://classikat.wordpress.com.