Alice runs the 50km rainbow for St Oswald’s Hospice!
Young fundraiser Alice Maguire, 10, celebrated International Women’s Day on Monday 8th March by completing 50km of running in just seven days.
Alice’s ‘Run the Rainbow’ challenge saw her dress head to toe in a different colour and run 7km in her local area every day for a week
Her final run on International Women’s Day included a final finale kilometre, with Alice dressed in all the colours of the rainbow.
Alice, who ran with her Dad David, 40, said:
“I decided to do something to celebrate International Women’s Day to show that girls can do anything when they put their mind to it, as well as support a local charity! I do run quite a bit but never every day and usually around 5km at a time. I found the challenge quite tough but it was good to try different routes and get out and about in the fresh air.
Lots of people cheered when I ran past them and my community has been really supporting. Lots of neighbours have sponsored me and one even brought me round a care package with bath bombs, hot chocolate, face mask and foot cream to get me through the week!”
As well as asking for donations to her JustGiving page, Alice has boosted her fundraising further by offering her seven running t-shirts for sponsorship. Thanks to the support of local businesses, Alice has secured sponsorship from accountancy firm TTR Barnes, Sunderland-based Six Circles and Northern Spire Ltd, as well and from friends and family.
“Making the t-shirts was a lot of fun and I can’t believe companies sponsored me, it was great running with their logos. One day I ran with a photo of my Grandma and Grandad on and a message to them, saying I miss them. They live in Yorkshire and I haven’t seen them since the summer, so I can’t wait until they can visit.
My finale 1km was the most colourful, I wore every colour of the rainbow we ran on the field opposite my house, spelling out ‘50k’ on my running app.”
Alice, who has ran every Mini Great North Run for the hospice since she was three years old had set herself a target of raising £250 for St Oswald’s but she was shocked when her total quickly rose to £600!
“£600 is such a lot of money, it’s the most I have ever raised from a challenge! I hope it can help the people who go to the hospice and make a little difference. I feel proud that I have achieved my biggest challenge yet and I am so grateful to everyone who cheered me on."
Danielle Harvey, Events and Corporate Fundraising Manager at St Oswald’s Hospice said:
“It’s great to see young people like Alice getting involved in sporting their local hospice and we can’t wait to see how she gets on with her rainbow challenge. We are so grateful to her and all of her sponsors for their support. International Women’s Day is a great reason to set yourself a challenge and we hope others will be inspired to have a go themselves.”
You can visit Alice’s fundraising page and make a donation on her JustGiving page.