TWO women will be taking on the gruelling challenge of running 140 miles over five days.
Stamford Striders members Kate Nottidge and Briony James will be running between White Haven, in Cumbria, and Sunderland to raise money for charity.
Kate, 27, of Queen’s Walk, Stamford, and Briony, of Lale Walk, Wittering, will be running an average of 27 miles a day.
The pair will be raising money for the advisory service, Alternatives, and Cancer Research UK during the challenge, between September 11 and 16.
The charities were chosen as Kate volunteers at Alternatives and Briony’s grandmother Majrorie Cunningham, who lived in Derby, died of cancer.
Kate, a senior family worker for young parents at the Huntington Children Centre, has been training with mechanical engineer Briony since Christmas.
She said: “We will average 27 hours a day. It is going to be fun.
“I can’t wait in a way.”
Kate and Briony, who is an engineer, decided to take on the challenge at Christmas after discovering the coast to coast run in a book.
The dedicated pair began training on January 1 and are gradually building up their distances.
They are now running distances of more than 18 miles.
Kate said: “Training is going well.
“We are doing long runs at weekends.”
The pair will be stopping at bed and breakfasts during the run and will be using a sherpa service to ferry their luggage.
Kate and Briony have so far raised more than £600 for the charities but are hoping for more. To sponsor them go to: www.justgiving.com/West-East-Alternatives-Stamford