Stephanie Runs Ultra-Marathon for Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home
We are amazed at the effort some of our supporters go to for Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home. Stephanie Knox ran the 35 mile Ultra Tour of Edinburgh in aid of Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home and Alzheimer Scotland.
“I was at a party when my friend mentioned there was an ultra-marathon in and around Edinburgh the weekend of my next birthday; 35 miles for 35 years had a nice ring to it,” explains Stephanie. “And I thought, ‘I’ve run a marathon so that sounds like the natural next challenge.’ For further training incentive, I wanted to raise much-needed funds for hard-working charities close to my heart. I had previously raised funds for the Home and Alzheimer Scotland, in memory of my gran, when I ran the London Marathon, so they were absolutely my first choices when choosing my charities.’
For Stephanie choosing which charities to support was easy. “We adopted our dog Marvin from Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home in 2015 and saw the amazing, hard work the Home does rescuing and rehoming animals, and everything in-between. I wanted to raise funds to show appreciation to the wonderful staff for the work they did looking after Marvin (formerly known as Cupid) before we rehomed him.”
However, she admits the run itself was a massive test of endurance. “The race was really tough but, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Running 35 miles is pretty far, who knew?! The whole event was really well organised with a well-planned, but very challenging route through Edinburgh, including a jaunt up three of the Pentland hills.”
For her is it was hugely satisfying conquering such a challenge while raising over £1000 for charity. “Everyone has been so generous with their donations and I really can’t thank folk enough for their support. Every mile was worth it knowing the funds raised are going to such wonderful causes.”