How hardy Chloe is doing seven marathon challenges in sweltering heat
PUBLISHED: 15:15 26 July 2018 | UPDATED: 13:08 28 July 2018
Many people would struggle to do one marathon challenge.
But one woman is embarking on seven UK-based challenges in the sweltering heat in honour of a much-loved family member.
Chloe Sage, a disability and wellbeing adviser within student services at the University of Suffolk, has so far completed four of the events - each 100km (62 miles) long - for Cancer Research UK and Alzheimer’s Society.
Starting in May, she will finish all the challenges in September with the Thames Path Challenge.
So far, she has completed the Isle of Wight Challenge, the London to Brighton Challenge, the Cotswold Way Challenge and the Jurassic Coast Challenge.
There are fewer than 10 people in the UK this year signed up for all seven challenges.
She said: “I’m raising money for Cancer Research UK in memory of my grandad, Stanley John Bezant, who died of pancreatic cancer when I was seven years old.
“The third challenge, the Cotswold Way Challenge, started on June 30, which would have been grandad’s birthday - so it seemed the perfect challenge to be doing in his memory.
“I’m also raising vital funds for Alzheimer’s Society in memory of my nan, Velma Elsie Bezant, who passed away two years ago.
“She had vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s. Nan joined us on family holidays in the Isle of Wight, so that challenge was the perfect challenge to do in her memory.”
Ms Sage also fell ill with Henoch Schonlein Purpura vasculitis when she was aged 18, meaning she at times had to use a wheelchair.
“Having experienced personal cognitive changes is another reason why I am raising money for Alzheimer’s Society as they fund research into all forms of dementia, including vascular dementia,” she explained.
She undertakes the events in one go, walking through the night aided by just a head torch.
“Often the routes aren’t lit and are rubble paths so the terrain is quite difficult to manage but you don’t ever feel alone.
“Each event has around 2,000 participants and although I’m doing the challenge by myself I’ve been meeting amazing people along the way.”
To sponsor Ms Sage, visit her JustGiving pages www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Chloe-Sage01 and www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Chloe-Sage02
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