A woman from Chalfont St Peter has run the gruelling South Coast Ultra Challenge to raise money for her son.
On Saturday, September 2, Lou ran 100km – which is the equivalent of almost two-and-a-half marathons back-to-back – all the way from Eastbourne, along the coastal path and over the South Downs Way before finishing in Arundel.
In 2009, Lou’s son Archie was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a life-limiting muscle-wasting condition.
Archie is on the brink of turning 18 and his needs are becoming much greater, which is why Lou is looking to raise funds to help support him. So far, she has raised more than £5,000.
Lou said: “It was an unbelievable experience to run the South Coast Ultra 100k. I experienced some serious highs and lows to a point where my body was broken, but having Archie in the forefront of my mind, together with my true grit and the unbelievable support from my family and friends, got me through! My elder son Leyton ran the last 10km with me when I had nothing left, a moment I will always treasure. This was for you, Archie!”
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