The stepdaughter of a local Yorkshire farmer is raising funds for rural support charity The Farming Community Network (FCN) by running a combined 150km in under 48 hours total.
Sally Steadman, who is Vice-Chair of FCN’s Board of Trustees, is undertaking two mammoth feats of endurance as part of the fundraiser.
On 5 June, Sally will be embarking on the Run to the Sea – a 50km run from Horsham to Brighton. The final stretch of the run is along the beautiful seafront.
Then on 10 July she’ll be doing the Race to the Stones, a 100km trek along one of the oldest trails in Britain – the Ridgeway National Trail, finishing at the iconic Avebury Stone Circle.
Both events Sally intends on running straight through as one long trip – she aims to finish the Run to the Sea in 8.5 hours and Race to the Stones within 24 hours.
Combined, she will have run almost 100 miles in under 48 hours.
Sally lives in Malton, North Yorkshire and is the stepdaughter of a local farmer. She has lived and worked in Yorkshire all of her life in roles at the heart of the rural community.
Sally said: “I wanted to do something to raise funds for FCN following a tough year and limited opportunities to celebrate our 25th anniversary.
“Through lockdown I started to run again. I have always run a little but short distances, in fact, I’ve never had an ambition to run far, and a marathon was not on my bucket list!
“However, this seems like the ultimate challenge and actually it’s more than just running, it’s about your mental strength as well as your physical fitness; this is about endurance and resilience.
“This felt like the perfect way to represent FCN, with its focus on helping farmers overcome challenges and to stay resilient during testing times.”
FCN is a charity which supports farmers and farming families through difficult times and periods of change. Each year FCN helps approximately 6,000 farming people with a wide range of issues, including animal disease, mental ill-health, financial difficulties and family disputes.
FCN’s 450 volunteers across England and Wales understand farming life and provide local support for rural communities. FCN’s Helpline (03000 111 999) is open 7am-11pm every day of the year. FCN also operates an e-Helpline (firstname.lastname@example.org).
FCN’s FarmWell platform is a free online resource for farmers, providing a range of information around supporting personal wellbeing and business resilience on the farm. Visit farmwell.org.uk to find out more.
Sally’s fundraising page is available here: https://lnkd.in/dBchVST