Nine months, 53 races, 270 miles

07-Feb-2017 Another 64 competitive miles were clocked up in December and January for Jan McDermott’s Marathon a Month campaign in aid of the Alzheimer's Society and Birkenhead’s Welcome Centre.  This 12-month campaign in which Jan, Managing Director of Jan McDermott & Co Chartered Accountants is racing the distance of a marathon each month, has now entered its last three months.

Since May 2016 Jan has taken part in 53 races and run 270 competitive miles to raise money for two charities close to her heart. For nine months Jan has found races in and around Merseyside to compete in having decided she wanted a new challenge and a way of getting fit. Starting with 5K races last May, Jan has now completed a number of half marathons and some tough cross country races in pretty miserable conditions.

December is a tricky month to find time to race, and find races to run! While most of us were running round in a festive frenzy Jan was diligently donning her running shoes and collecting accolades for completing a series of races from park runs to borders league and club races. 

Jan started the New Year on a positive note, exceeding her 26.2 monthly target of race miles by nearly 10 miles. Now a regular face at the Merseyside races, Jan’s energetic start to the year meant a personal best was achieved at the inaugural Wirral Way Half Marathon. In the top half of competitors Jan placed 15th in her age category and 56th female, out of a field of 304!

Cross Country races in January took Jan to Sherdley Park in St Helens and Knowsley Safari Park. The real achievement of this month though was the 5-mile race to the summit of Moel Famau, beating her two fellow Wallesey Athletic Club ladies home.

Jan is now looking for sponsors to help her reach her fundraising ambitions. She asks her friends, colleagues and fellow runners to help her reach her £3000 target for the Alzheimer’s Society and Birkenhead’s ‘The Welcome Centre’, to keep her going through the last few months.

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