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Woman runs 12 half-marathons in a year to raise £7,000 for arthritis and cancer charities

PUBLISHED: 14:57 20 June 2017 | UPDATED: 16:25 20 June 2017

Phillipa Craske in Norway

Phillipa Craske in Norway

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Phillipa Craske's fundraising has taken her all over the world, including America and Australia

A former Gravesend Grammar School student has just completed 12 half-marathons across the world, in a year, in a bid to raise £7,000 for charity.

Phillipa Craske, 31, who lives in New Ash Green, is just £300 off her target, which she plans to split between Arthritis Research, and Cancer Research, charities she has “always supported”.

She said: “I’ve always liked a challenge, and arthritis and cancer are two big illnesses which have affected my family. We were raising money for Cancer Research anyway one day, and I came up with the idea, thinking I wanted to try and push myself and also get everyone I know behind me.

“I also knew that I’d have to dip into my own pocket to show people how serious I was about it, and so I paid my way to different destinations to run. The half-marathons took me to Australia, Germany, Wales, Norway, Italy, Portugal, Spain, France, America, Canada, and of course I ran in London and other English destinations too.”

Being a round-year charity fundraiser, Ms Craske had to train in all weather conditions.

She said: “At the beginning the hardest part was fitting training and events around full-time work. I had to train through winter in the freezing cold and rain, while wearing a boy torch. Gradually competing did get easier, but there were times when there would be two weeks between half-marathons, and other times when there were six weeks between, which meant it could be really hard to keep momentum going.

“But I’m really proud of myself because on my last run, in Canada, I actually got a personal best of two hours and six minutes. Arthiritis Research have asked me to run the London Marathon for them next year, which I’m definitely going to do, but I’m hoping to beat at time of four-and-a-half hours.”

As well was half-marathons, Ms Craske and her family have hosted raffles, a family fun day, and a race night. Some donations have been given on the bahalf of Waitrose staff, and other organisations.

To donate visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/PhillipaCraske

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