Celebrate International Women's Day with 5 Inspirational Stories

Feel inspired this International Women's Day by 5 stories from our wonderful Run For All women.

We believe every single women taking part in our Run For All events are special, however, we could only choose 5. So hopefully you agree that these inspirational women and their stories stand out...

From a 76 year old aiming to do 100 marathons to a student survivor of the Manchester Arena Attack, all these women are raising money with Run For All and sure to empower women across the UK!

Hilary Wharam

The 76 Year Old Eyeing Up Her 100th Marathon

76 years young, Hilary is taking on the Leeds 10K and Leeds Half Marathon this year. She is also aiming to finish 100 Marathons whilst she still feels young! Hilary loves the social aspect of her running events and says that the running community provided a much needed ‘lifeline’ when she was sadly widowed in 2015.

Isla Sinclair  

Essex to Leeds, a 200 Mile Fundraising Challenge

Inspired by the fantastic doctors and nurses at Leeds Children’s Hospital, Isla decided to take on a 200-mile running challenge to raise money for the hospital. Inspirational Isla is set to complete her 200-mile challenge at the Asda Foundation Leeds Half Marathon on Sunday 5th May 2018.

Bridie O’Hare

Manchester Arena Bombing Survivor on a Fundraising Mission

Manchester Arena bombing survivor, Bridie O'Hare, is set to run the Asda Foundation Sheffield Half Marathon just 11 months after she witnessed the Manchester Arena attack. This tragic event took 23 lives and injured over 500 people. Bridie hopes to raise money for the We Love Manchester emergency fund - established following the attack to initially support the victims' families.

Emma Aspinall

Running, Singing and Raising Money for Alzheimer's UK

With 3 of her 4 grandparents having been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Emma has been inspired to help those suffering with the disease. Not only does she work at the music and wellbeing charity Find Your Voice, she and her sisters will be running the Leeds Half Marathon to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK this May 2018.

Jane Tomlinson CBE

The Lady Where It All Began

No blog about inspirational Run For All women would be complete without mentioning Jane. Although suffering from terminal cancer, through a series of epic endurance challenges Jane managed to raise £1.85m for children’s and cancer charities.

Her most notable challenge was a 4,200-mile cycle ride across the width of the USA with the money she raised paving the way for the first Run For All Leeds 10K in 2007. Jane unfortunatley passed on shortly after but the seed that she planted in in Leeds, 2017, has grown into one of the UK’s biggest not-for-profit events companies, providing a fundraising vehicle for a huge number of local and national charities.

Run For All’s events programme features 10 Asda Foundation 10Ks – Leeds, York, Hull, Burnley, GEAR, Lincoln, Nottingham, Bury, Leicester and Sheffield – and a Half Marathon Series, which includes the Leeds Half Marathon, Sheffield Half Marathon, Derby Half Marathon and Hull Half Marathon and the Yorkshire Marathon Festival in October.

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