Clare Dooley is quite simply a remarkable woman. Over the weekend of 19 and 20 September, she will be taking part in the Equinox 24, a 24 hour running event held at the Autumn Equinox in the beautiful grounds of Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire, covering an epic 100 miles to raise funds for The Donkey Sanctuary.
Clare, a dance teacher and management trainer from Northwich, Cheshire has been a supporter of The Donkey Sanctuary since stumbling across the Sanctuary in Sidmouth whilst on holiday in 2011.
Since then, she has run in the London Marathon 2012 after applying for one of the charity’s golden bond places and raised £1,000 with support from friends, family and her workplace. She is also a keen knitter and has encouraged her friends and her mum Elsie to join her in producing herds of knitted Woolley donkeys which regularly make their way to Sidmouth to be sold online and through gift shops at the charity’s UK centres.
Clare reached the milestone of 40 years of age earlier this year and wanted to set herself a new challenge whilst continuing to support the work of The Donkey Sanctuary. In 2013, she had completed an Ultra marathon, running 87 miles in 16 hours, and enjoyed it so much that she decided to push herself even further by entering the Equinox 24. Always a keen runner, she has been in serious training, covering 60 to 70 miles every week. Her training also includes running in the early hours of the morning to acclimatise her body for the demands of the 24 hour race.
Clare says "On 19 September, I will start a 24 hour run in the hope of completing as near to 100 miles as possible. I have been training for almost a year, which has involved getting used to running at different times within 24 hours. This has been quite a task, especially when the 2am alarm goes off! I chose The Donkey Sanctuary as my fundraising charity as I have long supported the invaluable work they do. I’m so excited and ready for this challenge and am proud to be running in aid of The Donkey Sanctuary."
You can support Clare by visiting her JustGiving fundraising page.
If you feel inspired by Clare’s story, find out how you can can get involved and help donkeys in need.