Julie's mega marathon challenge

SHE S more used to running for office. But this year, a North Devon councillor will be doing a different kind of running when she hits the road to raise money for local vulnerable people. Cllr Julie Hunt, 47, from Middle Marwood, has signed up to take par

SHE'S more used to running for office. But this year, a North Devon councillor will be doing a different kind of running when she hits the road to raise money for local vulnerable people.Cllr Julie Hunt, 47, from Middle Marwood, has signed up to take part in a gruelling three half marathons, two 10km runs and one 4km commando challenge between now and October.First up is the Bath Half Marathon on March 15, followed by the Exeter Great West Run on May 3. A week later, Cllr Hunt will be on the starting line at the Bristol 10K before heading to London for the BUPA 10K on May 25. The British 10K London Run awaits on July 12, while on October 10, the mum of four will be doing the London Royal Parks Half Marathon, followed by the 4K Commando Challenge at Woodbury Common, Exeter, later in the month.The North Devon district and Barnstaple town councillor is also the current president of the Barnstaple Inner Wheel Club and, as part of her presidency, has set herself the ambitious challenge in order to raise money for her chosen charities, North Devon Women's Aid and the Freedom Centre/Shelter.Although Cllr Hunt admits she's "not particularly sporty", she did complete the London Marathon in 2005, so knows what she is up against."I imagine i'll be doing more walking than running, but this is about completing rather than competing," she said."I have made a commitment to two worthwhile local charities very close to my heart and I have to do it.""I had a lot of help from the Women's Aid due to experiences with domestic violence in a previous relationship; now it's my time to give something back. Any money I raise will stay local."Before taking on the tough stuff, Cllr Hunt is inviting women to a special pamper evening at the Barnstaple Hotel on Wednesday, March 18.Billed as a "girlie evening out", the event will feature beauty therapy-tasters from local businesses including the Oak Room, Altogether Natural, Barnstaple Hotel Health and Beauty, and Passion 4 Hair and Beauty. A talk by Women's Refuge and Shelter will kick-start the event at 7.15pm."The Barnstaple Hotel has generously sponsored me by letting me have free use of the room for the pampering evening and by allowing me use of the gym and running machines to train for my running events," said Cllr Hunt."Everyone who buys a ticket will be entered into a raffle for prizes donated from those offering their services on the evening."Tickets cost �6. To book, or for more information telephone Cllr Hunt on (01271) 850423 or 07909 772458, or email mac-beth@hotmail.co.ukTo sponsor Julie, visit www.justgiving.com/juliehunt


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