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Walk, run, cycle, swim... Emily's up to the challenge

An active college student from Solihull has racked up an impressive 1,001 miles by walking, running, cycling and swimming for charity.

Solihull Sixth Form College student Emily Fullard has set herself the 1,001 Mile Challenge for charity.
Solihull Sixth Form College student Emily Fullard has set herself the 1,001 Mile Challenge for charity.

An active college student from Solihull has racked up an impressive 1,001 miles by walking, running, cycling and swimming for charity.

Emily Fullard, aged 17, set herself the 1,001 Mile Challenge to raise money for the charity Together for Short Lives, which helps children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

The Sixth Form College student has also set herself the challenge with the hope of winning the College Colours award, which is given out to students who show team work, leadership and social responsibility. Emily’s challenge was made up of 814 miles cycling on an exercise bike, running 111 miles, 22 miles of swimming and walking almost 54 miles.

“I cycled 814 miles because it is the length of the UK, I ran 111 miles because it is the distance from Solihull to London and I swam 22 miles because it is the equivalent of the width of the English Channel,” Emily said.

“I added up my numbers and thought I might as well try to top 1,000 miles, so I added in walking the equivalent of two marathons as well.”

Emily, who has raised £675 for the charity, set herself a 20-week time limit but ended up completing the mammoth challenge in less time.

Alongside her charity work, Emily has also managed to keep up with her college studies and hold down two volunteer placements and a part-time job.

“Finishing was an amazing feeling,” added Emily. “The charity was so pleased, because originally I only told them I aimed to raise £100, so it was exciting to be able to give them so much more. This challenge was hard at times, but also really fun, because I enjoy a challenge.

“I must admit that my legs are quite happy to have a rest and not do so much exercise now.”

 

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