We are delighted to anounce that Felicity Elms has decided to run 5 ultra-marathons (a total of 456km!) between May and September, and is raising money for us whilst doing so.
Felicity’s fundraising page can be found here , and her story is below…
“I have not always been into fitness – quite the opposite. In fact, in my late teens and early twenties, at only 5ft3 I was a size twenty and classified as ‘obese’. Fortunately, something clicked inside of me and with better eating habits and exercise I decided to change this.
After a bit of travelling I wound up in Mexico. This is where I stayed and had my beautiful baby boy. Sadly, my relationship did not work out and after some hard decision making my son and I came back to the UK. My attention was first brought to Catching Lives when we came back. I realised how easily it would have been for us to slip through the gaps and ended up homeless. These are the thought which first opened my eyes to the great work Catching Lives does.
Coming back from Mexico was not an easy move. However, instead of turning to food to combat my depression, I turned to exercise (don’t worry, I am only human and still admit to many chocolate binges!). During my runs in the beautiful city of Canterbury, I was again made conscious of the stark difference between the beautiful city in which we are lucky enough to live, and those who are not so lucky and do not even have a shelter over their heads. People right on my doorstep.
It seems so unjust and sad that we, as mere human beings, are not even be able to afford this simple comfort.
So, using my ‘therapy’ and my concern with those around me, I came up with the plan of completing not one, but five ultra-marathons. A total of 456km. I made the decision to enter these self-funded, so you are guaranteed that the only thing I will receive are sore legs!
Any support to this very worthy cause, would be gratefully appreciated. Catching Lives does an incredible job and as humans, I feel it is our responsibility to look out for each other.
Isle of Wright; May 4; 106km
London to Brighton; May 25; 100km
Jurassic Coast; June 8; 100km
Cotswold Way; June 29; 100km
North Downs; September 28; 50km
We look forward to following Felicity’s progress!