Amy Hughes 53:53

Most people, myself included, have never run a marathon, and most never will. The preparation involved with a 26-mile run is physical and psychological; it requires both your body and mind to be at their strongest. So what does it take to run 53 of them…fifty-three…5-3? And in consecutive days?!

Shropshire runner Amy Hughes decided to attempt such a feat for charity, and if she completed it, would break a world record in the process.

I caught up with her on the penultimate day of her lengthy challenge, as she took in the sights of Stoke-on-Trent. Friendly and welcoming, and willing to give as much time as was needed, you wouldn’t have had a clue she’d run over 1,300km in the preceding days…

 

Amy Hughes poses fo a portrait shortly before embarking on the penultimate leg of her 53-Marathon challenge
Amy Hughes poses fo a portrait shortly before embarking on the penultimate leg of her 53-Marathon challenge

 

Amy Hughes runs alongside the canal by Westport Lake in Stoke-on-Trent
Amy Hughes runs alongside the canal by Westport Lake in Stoke-on-Trent

 

Amy Hughes runs alongside the canal by Westport Lake in Stoke-on-Trent
Amy Hughes runs alongside the canal by Westport Lake in Stoke-on-Trent

 

Needless to say, Amy completed her challenge the next day to break the world record for consecutive marathons. She’s also well on course to reach the fundraising target for her nominated charity, the Isabelle Lottie Foundation. A truly colossal effort from an incredibly dedicated athlete. Well done Amy!

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