Bridlington book-keeper Karyn Hoggard is ready to add up the miles when she takes part in an grueling double marathon, plus three miles, in March.
Karyn, from Mayfield Road, is taking part in a 55 mile ultra-marathon to help fundraise for two charities close to her heart.
The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) and the Huntington’s Disease Association (HDA) are set to benefit from her long distance running exploits.
“I started running just over 20 years ago and did my first Marathon in London in 1997.” explained Karen.
“A few years later, after having my two children Olivia, 17, and Lloyd, 16, I started to enter off-road marathons and have since completed 10 races. I also finished a 34 mile ultra-marathon a couple of years ago, and that, to date, is the furthest I have ever ran.
Karyn, 45, is a familiar sight in the area, training along the cliffs and cross country paths, where she avoids the busy roads in order to simulate the terrain of the ultra marathons – which are predominantly off road.
“My favorite is the 20 mile run from Filey to Bridlington which takes me along the scenic cliff tops. I also train on the well known Flamborough Fling route which is 28 miles long.” said Karyn.
“I think the race will take me between 12-14 hours to complete, but this depends on my training and also how I feel on the day. You can never quite tell how things are going to work out……anything can happen.”
Karyn, along with three other Bridlington based runner and hundreds of other competitors, will start the aptly named Hardmoors 55 in the market town of Guisborough. The course will take in a route over the North Yorkshire Moors National Park and the Cleveland Hills and onwards to the finish line in Helmsley. The run also include Roseberry Topping, with a combined ascent of 2000 meters. There is a strictly enforced time limit of 16 hours to complete the grueling race.
“Roseberry Topping is the biggest hill I have to climb, but there are lots of other hills along the route. I train almost every day by combining running with RPM and body-pump. The best way to start running is to set some achievable goals, perhaps by entering a 5km or 10km race.” continued Karyn.
“I honestly believe anyone who can walk a small distance can learn to run, it’s all about starting slowly and building up. This is how I started and progressed from half marathons to ultra-marathon running. It is incredible what your body is capable of if you are determined enough.” she added.
“My husband Dean is proof that this can be achieved. Having never run before he has now completed two, 10km off-road races last year, and is aiming to do further distances this year.”
Karyn is doing her fundraising run for Ian Brodie, who is the father of her children. Ian suffered a brain injury in April 2013, but has made remarkable progress along with the love and support of his family and help and dedication of staff from the Daniel Yorath Rehabilitation Centre in Garforth.
She is also splitting the sponsorship proceeds with the HDA after a work colleague, Ben Beasley, was diagnosed with Huntingtons Disease which has tragically affected his entire family.
Karyn will be running the Hardmoors 55 with Annette Brown, Rachel Bettley and Tony Smith.