Kathryn takes on 12 challenges in 12 months for St Catherine’s Hospice
A fitness fanatic from Leyland is completing a variety of gruelling challenges over 12 months for St Catherine’s Hospice.
Kathryn Alty, who now lives in London, is undertaking 12 challenges in 12 months for the hospice and Macmillan; currently running 100-miles throughout February.
Her feats are set to include cycling the height of Everest in Majorca; an Ironman triathlon; an Ultra Dawn till Dusk challenge; and cycling from her home in London to her hometown of Leyland.
Her sister Tracy stayed in the hospice in August 2015, following her diagnosis of stage three bowel cancer.
Kathryn, an operations analyst, said: “The hospice was incredible in ensuring the family could be by Tracy’s side over her last few days.
“The support continued after Tracy passed away peacefully on August 17th 2015, we were guided on everything, from what paperwork had to be completed to bereavement counselling. They were gracious and respectful, kind and patient – everything that we needed was provided, without even having to ask.”
A keen athlete, Kathryn has completed a variety of 5km, 10km and half marathons while at school. In 2016, she completed the Deloitte Ride across Britain, cycling 972-miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats in nine days – raising an incredible £8,000 in total, which was split between St Catherine’s and Macmillan.
Kathryn added: “While completing the epic endurance challenge I realised I wanted to continue the challenges. I enjoy the training and focus required, but it means that I can support St Catherine’s Hospice and Macmillian after they supported my whole family through my sister’s short battle with cancer.”
St Catherine’s fundraiser, Hayley Jackson, said: “We’re extremely grateful to Kathryn in supporting the hospice once again. In 2016 Kathryn made an incredible donation of £4,000 following her epic cycle – the Deloitte ride across Britain.
“With the wonderful support from people like Kathryn, in the community it means we’re able to continue providing specialised palliative and end-of-life care to local people when it matters most.”
Kathryn’s challenges are;
- January – 30-day core challenge consisting of planks, mountain climbers and Russian twists
- February – Running 100-miles across the month
- March – Cycling the height of Everest in Majorca over five days
- April – Cycling from London to Leyland over two days
- May – A 2.4-mile open water swim in Salford Quays
- June – Dragon Ride Wales; a 142-mile bike ride and Windsor Triathlon, Olympic distance, 1.5km swim, 40km cycle and 10km run
- July – 150-mile cycle around the outside of the M25
- August – Reykjavic marathon
- September – Ironman triathlon – 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile cycle ride and 26.2-mile run
- October – Ultra marathon, 35-miles in Ripon, Yorkshire
- November – Ultra Dawn till Dusk challenge – a run/walk from dawn until dusk from London to Brighton
- December – Festive 500 cycle covering 400km between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve
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