Turning 50 with a 60-mile run

June 02 2017

A MUM looking for a novel way to mark her 50th birthday is embarking on a gruelling 60-mile run to raise money for play equipment at her son's school.

A MUM looking for a novel way to mark her 50th birthday is embarking on a gruelling 60-mile run to raise money for play equipment at her son's school.

Pippa Yarworth-Cleeton will turn half a century this August and has compiled a list of 50 things to do during her 50th year.

Among them is the Race to the Stones ultra marathon on July 15 which takes in the iconic Ridgeway running from the Chilterns in Oxfordshire to the North Wessex Downs.

Sporty Pippa, who lives in Fishponds with husband James and son Jasper, will be running non-stop and plans to complete it in an impressive 15 hours.

Some of the money raised will support the event's nominated charity, The Mix, a mental health charity for under 25s but the rest will go towards funding a trim trail at Chester Park Juniors where her son is in Year 5.

Pippa, who writes qualifications for the fitness industry, said: "To celebrate my 50th I've drawn up a list of 50 things to do at 50 which includes everything from running events to getting out in the garden more.

"I do a lot of running anyway and have done four marathons in the past but I just thought I should do something bigger. I've always fancied doing the Race to the Stones but kept putting it off. I decided if I don't do it now I'll never do it!"

Pippa decided she would like to raise £2,000 for Chester Park Juniors as pupils are about to move into a new school but don't have any play equipment.

"I had been a governor at the infants and know how tight budgets are for the two schools. This is the first time the children have had any green space to stand on but there's no budget for play equipment as that's classed as a luxury."

A fundraising drive by the school's PTA, supported by staff and governors, will also run alongside Pippa's campaign.

If you would like to donate please visit https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/pippa-yarworth-Cleeton