Clare Dooley is quite simply a remarkable woman. Over the weekend of 19 and 20 September, she took 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 visiting the Sanctuary in Sidmouth whilst on holiday in 2011.
Clare said: "On 19 September, I participated in a 24-hour run in the hope of completing as near to 100 miles as possible. I had been training for almost a year, which involved getting used to running at different times within 24 hours.
"This has been quite a task, especially when the 2am alarm went off! I chose The Donkey Sanctuary as my fundraising charity as I have long supported the invaluable work they do. I was excited and ready for this challenge and was proud to be running in aid of The Donkey Sanctuary."
After reaching the half way point Clare suffered an injury and her big toenail split in half. Unfortunately due to this Clare realised she would not manage to complete the 100 miles in time.
She completed 70 miles of her target over a period of 12 hours. However, this was not what she set herself out to do and because of this she has signed herself up for another run of 100 miles in 24 hours in May 2016 in Plympton, Devon.
Congratulations to Clare for her recent achievement, and good luck for the upcoming run.
You can support Clare by visiting her JustGiving fundraising page via the link below.
If you feel inspired by Clare’s story, find out how you can can get involved and help donkeys in need.