A runner is celebrating her 52nd birthday by running 52 races in 52 weeks.

Mortgage underwriter Diane Waite, of Edgerton, hopes to raise £1,000 for the Mytholmroyd-based Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team.

Diane, who turns 52 in June, won’t even take a break for her holidays.

Even when she jets off to sun-baked Lanzarote this summer she plans to take part in two races.

Diane, who runs with Stainland Lions, helped search and rescue volunteers in the aftermath of the Boxing Day floods and saw what great work they do.

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With a head for figures Diane crunched the numbers based around her age and the number of weeks in a year and came up with her energy-sapping challenge.

“It’s a really worthwhile cause and as a runner it was something I could do,” said Diane.

The runs will vary in length from 5k to half-marathons and Diane has completed 10 so far.

Fundraiser Diane Waite who is running 52 races in 52 weeks to celebrate her 52nd birthday.

She set out in January with the Race for a Laugh in Barkisland and has only missed a couple of weeks because of cancellations due to the weather.

She has lined up runs across Yorkshire and Lancashire.

It costs £35,000 a year to operate Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team and the organisation relies on charitable donations.

Treasurer Richard Graves urged people to get behind the fundraiser and said: “I’ve known Diane for some years as we used to run together at the same running club and I have every faith that she will complete this challenge.

“On behalf of the team I want to thank her for selecting CVSRT as her chosen charity and we will be watching her progress throughout the year.”

To donate go to https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/dianewaite1