Francesca and Elena have run 200km over 10 days for Noah’s Ark
Two sisters from Whetstone, Francesca and Elena, have taken on an extreme challenge to support their local children’s hospice, Noah’s Ark.
The two ran 10km every day for 10 consecutive days, through wind, rain and bruising heat! That’s a grand total of 200km. They’ve already raised around £7,000 for the charity.
Elena and Francesca were inspired to support Noah’s Ark Children's Hospice by their dad, who attended an event put on by the charity.
Elena is a medical student in her third year at Nottingham and she grew increasingly frustrated at not being able to volunteer medically, so just wanted to be able to help out. Her motivation to support Noah’s Ark was increased by her professional desire to be a paediatrician. As she said:
“We really wanted to do something that would make a difference to children in our area. It’s personal for us – when we were struggling on the runs, we just reminded ourselves that we were running to support these seriously unwell children and it helped us to get through it!”
Francesca is a trainee surveyor at Knight Frank. She adds: “We were feeling so useless in lockdown but now we’re helping children less fortunate than ourselves. We’ve been checking our justgiving page every five minutes to see how we’re doing. Getting through to the final day and running to The Ark felt amazing… now it’s time to have a well-earned rest!”.
Anthony Hayman, Director of Fundraising for Noah's Ark, said: “This is a truly outstanding accomplishment. Huge credit to Elena and Francesca for their get-up-and-go spirit. To keep going, day after day, must have been exhausting but it’s truly appreciated by everyone at Noah’s Ark – especially the children and families who we help”.