Josie Davies begins 135-mile Ultra-Challenge for St David’s Hospice

Josie Davies

North Wales athlete Josie Davies is determined to complete the gruelling GB Everest Ultra 135-miler to help raise funds for St David’s Hospice in Llandudno.

The popular endurance runner began her challenging quest last weekend by running around her own local Everest, the Great Orme, with friend Gwenan Carter.

The event, which started last Saturday, and continues to November 17, combines a long-distance run with some demanding elevation.

Josie confirmed: “This challenge will help to keep me motivated during the next month, and whilst doing this I’ve decided to try to raise some funds for our local Hospice, which has been struggling through this crazy time we have all found ourselves in.

A view from Josie’s run around the Great Orme

“It will be a tough event for me, but nothing like the ongoing daily challenge that people have to cope with when fighting a terrible life changing and cruel illness such as Cancer.”

Josie added: “My good friend Gwen will be running and supporting me on some of my runs, and my 6-year old boy Jordan will also do his bit on my journey. It will be hard but it’s all for a worthy cause.”

She ran over 8-miles on each of her first few days, and played down her demanding role whilst preparing to battle whatever the weather is likely to throw at her.

Josie said: “There was lots of reflecting today. It’s just so beautiful around here, and I’m so lucky and privileged to live in such an amazing place.

“All this is for a fantastic cause, so if anybody wishes to sponsor me over the coming month please do so to help support our local Hospice through these difficult and uncertain times. And thank you to everyone who has already donated.”

Josie has set an initial target of just £200, but would love to add another nought onto her total, and has also listed her challenge on the Just Giving fundraising site. Click below for more details.

North Wales 5k Virtual Challenge

This week marks the beginning of the North Wales 5k Virtual Challenge, which can be completed anytime between now and Sunday, October 25.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the event must be completed solo by individual athletes, and not with fellow club runners or in groups.

Originally scheduled for the weekend, the event, due to the forthcoming lockdown, now allows runners to participate on their preferred course prior to lockdown, with revised travel restrictions due to be implemented from 6 pm on Friday.

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