Middlesborough runner Kerry Whitney has been shortlisted for a national award by deafblind charity Sense in recognition of her incredible feats of endurance throughout 2015. Kerry, 35, has already completed 12 marathons to date – including London, Berlin and Barcelona – with a further three planned over the next three months.
Kerry, who is now based in Chingford, Essex, works at a special needs school in Hackney and says that she made the decision to fundraise for Sense from witnessing the work the charity do to support and campaign for people with dual sensory loss.
The 15 marathons in 15 months challenge – which Kerry said ‘just evolved’ after the first few marathons – has already raised over £4,000 for Sense. While tackling those 26.2 miles is tricky enough, Kerry has given herself some added obstacles: she completed one marathon blindfolded and another dressed as Orville the Duck.
Upon receiving the news from Sense, Kerry commented: “It feels great to be nominated. I really wasn’t expecting it at all. I never set out to do this challenge for any kind of recognition. I just wanted to do something crazy that would raise a lot of money.”
Sense Chief Executive Gill Morbey expressed her delight at Kerry’s recognition: “The Sense Awards recognise the wonderful achievements of people with sensory impairments and those that support them. Kerry’s dedication to the challenge she set herself: ‘15 marathons in 15 months’ has been remarkable. She couldn’t be more deserving of the nomination."
You can view a video of Kerry’s achievements here; she will find out whether she has won at a ceremony that will be held in central London on December 7.