Friday, 1 June 2012

Jenn races 1,500 miles for children

Jenn Lines and the bike that is helping her reach her goal of 1,500 miles in one year
A young Sutton Coldfield woman is running and cycling 1,500 miles in a one year to raise vital funds for children with life limiting conditions.

Jenn Lines, a molecular biology PHD student at Aston University, hopes to raise £1,500 for Acorns Children’s Hospice – £1 for every mile covered – by taking part in international, national and local events throughout the year.

Altogether, Jenn will run the equivalent of five marathons and cycle 1,320 miles. Included in her “year of challenges” is The Wall (a 69 mile run from Carlisle to Newcastle along Hadrian’s Wall), a 1,000 mile cycle from Lands end to John O’Groats, a 300 mile cycle from London to Paris and the scenic Severn Valley Cycle Challenge.

She said: “I’m fundraising for Acorns because it’s a fantastic local charity I’ve always known and grew up with, and the hospice urgently needs funds to provide care services for life limited children in the area.”

Training hard to achieve the feat, the PHD student completes long runs and cycles on the weekends, and trains the beginners group of the Aston University running club during the week.

Jenn added: “I’m really just a normal person – not an athlete, but simply someone running and cycling for a great cause.”

Acorns’ international treks and challenges officer, Lucy Shepherd, commented, “Unfortunately, the need to use our services can strike at any time. But thankfully there are amazing supporters like Jenn, whose inspiring efforts help us continue to be there for local children and families facing tremendously difficult circumstances.”

Acorns relies on fundraising and donations to provide round the clock care and support, which costs £750 per child per day.

To support Jenn’s year of challenges visit: www.justgiving.com/lines. To find out more about Acorns’ Severn Valley Cycle Challenge visit: www.acorns.org.uk/cycle  or call 01564 825000.

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