Student runs 72 miles in 72 hours in aid of Crohn’s charity

Image courtesy of Liz Daly

Running 72 miles in itself is an amazing feat, but to do it in as many hours is something else. But that's exactly what 21-year-old Liz Daly did last weekend to fundraise for forCrohn's, the UK's only charity dedicated solely to funding research and raising awareness for the digestive condition Crohn's Disease.

Daly undertook the mammoth task to support her aunt Sophie Cunningham, who suffers from Crohn's. She started off in Brecon on Friday 26th July, before heading down the Taff Trail and making her way south to Cardiff, where she arrived on Sunday 28th.

The run was the culmination of six months' training, which thoroughly paid off. Daly told Runner's World "The hard training lead to a comfortable day one of running through the beautiful Brecon Beacons, but on day two I really struggled physically. Thanks to the support of my aunty and dad who shadowed me on their bikes, I got through it and regained my stride for the last 10 miles. Interestingly, by day three I felt more physically ready than ever, leading to a much faster pace and a weary but comfortable finish!"

University of Exeter student Daly has raised almost £1,500 by doing the challenge, and told us "I am overwhelmed by the amount of donations received considering my first target was £500."

Liz is no stranger to fundraising, as last year she managed to raise £3000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society in support of her mother and another aunt, who both have the condition.

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