Totally Runable co-founder, Natalie Jackson, will run 100 miles across Yorkshire next week to raise awareness of the gender sport gap in primary schools, and raise funds to provide free resources to more Yorkshire schools.
Fifteen weeks ago, Natalie was averaging 30km (around 19 miles) of running a week. Next week she aims to run over 150km (almost 100 miles) across Yorkshire.
Speaking ahead of the run, she said “It’s something very close to my heart. We know that children are still not seeing enough female sporting role models, and anything raised from this run will go directly to putting posters and free resources into schools featuring awesome girls aged 11-16 doing the sports that they love.”
See Sport Be Sporty CIC and Totally Runable Ltd have already provided 2,500 schools across West and South Yorkshire with the posters, assembly kits and lesson plan ideas. With a £2000 fundraising aim, “Running Yorkshire” will complete the mission to impact over 450,000 pupils in over 3000 Yorkshire primary schools.
Jackson’s route will take her from the border with Lancashire to the West of Skipton all the way to the sea at Hull. She will pass through Skipton, Bolton Abbey, Knaresborough, Harrogate, York, Pocklington, Market Weighton, Beverley and Hull, stopping in at local businesses and Yorkshire landmarks en route.
“It still seems like a really long way, but I think I can do it,” added Natalie. I ran 101km in 8 days in my training which was hard going, so I’m under no illusions that this will be easy, but that’s part of the point. I wanted to do something that I wasn’t sure I could do, and this definitely qualifies!”
Any local businesses who would like to support along the route are asked to get in touch with Natalie and her team on the details below.
Jackson plans to complete her Forrest-Gump-worthy effort at the Deep in Hull on Sunday 1 August, which also happens to be Yorkshire Day. Her journey will be updated on social media using #RunningYorkshire and at http://bit.ly/running-yorkshire.
All sponsorship will be gratefully received at https://localgiving.org/RunningYorkshire2021.