A runner from East Sussex has completed 100 marathons to raise nearly £50,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK and celebrated with cake! Susie Hewer (pictured) reached her impressive 2,620th milestone in the Cakeathon Marathon – a cake-themed event held in Deal, Kent on 23 October. Susie finished 35th (5:31:21) in the Autumn Cakeathon to qualify for ‘The Vest’ – a blue and yellow top worn exclusively by members of the 100 Marathon Club.
Susie had completed around 30 marathons for the charity two years ago when she decided she would run 60 marathons by her 60th birthday in June 2017. However, after smashing her target early she went on to run a further 40 marathons, including some ultra-marathons.
The latest challenge saw Susie raise £1,800 for UK’s leading dementia research charity and because she’s completed her challenge early for a second time she is planning to finish the year by continuing to do a marathon a week – so she’ll have run 52 marathons in 52 weeks!
Susie ran her first marathon in 2005 just two weeks after losing her 89-year-old mum Peggy to vascular dementia. On reaching her 100th marathon target she said: “I can’t believe I’ve done it, it doesn’t feel real. I’m so pleased to have hit my fundraising target too”.
Susie was made Charity Champion in 2007 – an accolade given in recognition of the sustained fundraising efforts of individual supporters and help in raising the profile of dementia research. Her many unusual record-breaking feats include becoming the first person to run a marathon while knitting and setting the Guinness World Record four times for creating the longest scarf over the 26.2-mile distance.
Rebecca Futrall at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “Susie is one of our greatest supporters and never fails to come up with unique and challenging ways to raise money. Susie has raised nearly £50,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK over a decade and her commitment to helping our scientists find vital preventions and treatments is unwavering.
To help Susie raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK’s vital research visit her fundraising page.