A KEEN runner is undertaking an ambitious challenge of completing the equivalent of four marathons in four days for charity.

Deb Bowen, who is from Rogerstone and works in the advertising department at Newsquest, Newport, plans to carry out the mammoth task of running 26.2 miles per day from Friday, September 15 to Monday 18.

And she is inviting other runners to join in alongside her.

Miss Bowen said she wanted to raise money for Velindre Cancer Centre to show her thanks for the care her late father received.

She said: “Dad passed away in November. The care he received was fantastic and I felt I needed to show my gratitude.”

The challenge will involve five treadmills at Xercise4less in Newport.

She said: “There will be five treadmills there so anyone is welcome to take part. I’m hoping to raise £2,000.

She added: “I’d like to give my thanks to A F Thomas and Roberts Estate Agents for sponsoring the event and for some of their staff hoping to take part.”

People joining in do not have to run the full distance.

Kylie McKee, of Velindre, said: "The challenge Deb has set herself is absolutely enormous. For me, and I’m sure for many others, to run one marathon would be a mammoth challenge, but to do four marathons on four consecutive days is just incredible. She’s amazing.

"We are always amazed by the extreme challenges people set themselves, and the hard work and dedication they put into raising money and awareness for Velindre and for cancer patients in Wales.

"We are very lucky to receive such wonderful support.”

Neil Rees, who is general manager of Xercise4less, said: "Xercise4less Newport are very happy to be supporting Deb with her extremely brave and challenging event.

"Since opening the club in July 2016 the business has grown a reputation for being a great facility in a great location at a great price however as the clubs General Manager I am also very keen to give something back. "Xercise4less nationally have a charity of choice each and every month however it is great to support a charity so local and a part of a lot of Newport residents lives."


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