A Hampshire mum will be embarking on a world record run next month peaking at the Bournemouth Marathon Festival. Alice Burch of Hampshire will attempt to run 60 marathons in 60 days from 1 October. The current world record is 53 consecutive marathons.
Running in aid of animal charity SPANA, the 33-year-old will be aiming for her fastest marathon time in Bournemouth on Sunday 4 October as part of her epic challenge.
SPANA is dedicated to helping the cause of working animals – such as donkeys – that are subject to poor conditions in poverty-stricken parts of the world.
Alice said: “I love running and believe in the charity work of SPANA. I first became aware of its existence when a very close friend was killed suddenly in January 2014 and my friend's wonderful mum, Lorna Robins, requested that the monies were donated to this charity.
“A world record has been on my bucket list for a long time so what better way to try and smash one and raise monies and general awareness of working animals and the vital help that is needed.”
Alice, who will balance running with taking care of her two-year-old daughter, will run with clubs across the UK with a new route each day. The Bournemouth Marathon Festival is one of the few official races she has chosen
BMF races will take place on Saturday 3 October ahead of the Supersonic 10K (4pm) and Speed of Light 5Kk (7pm) and one day before the half marathon (8am) and marathon (10am). Standard entries close for Speed of Light 5K, Supersonic 10K and half marathon on Wednesday 23 September. Marathon entries have already closed.