SHE just keeps on running.
Having only taken up jogging less than 12 months ago, Amanda Crozier has now set herself a huge challenge.
The 43-year-old is set to run the length of Hadrian’s Wall in a 69-mile ultramarathon.
Starting at Carlisle Castle, the receptionist will cross the length of the country and is set to finish at the Millennium Bridge in Gateshead, Newcastle.
Amanda, who completed the Greater Manchester Marathon a couple of weeks ago, said she only took up running to give her dog more exercise.
But now she has “caught the bug” and hopes to raise some money for Cancer Research.
The Mirfield woman said: “It was great to get the 26.2mile race under my belt but I always knew this was my ultimate goal.
“I am busy training. In the next couple of weeks, I will be running 30 miles, then I will have to do two 20-mile runs back to back.
“Then it all starts easing off as the big event gets closer.
“I’m trying to raise funds for cancer research.
“My dad Tony is actually fighting – successfully at the moment – a form of bladder cancer. Everything is well with him right now but without the help of people like Cancer Research he might not be with us.
“I couldn’t think of a more worthwhile cause to be doing this for.
“My dad thinks it is awesome, he is very proud.”
Amanda who runs at Park Run in Greenhead Park every Saturday morning, will be joined by a host of supporters including her parents Joan and Tony, her sister Sarahlee Siswick and her sister’s partner Robert Drain.
She completed her recent marathon in Manchester in four hours 14 minutes despite facing challenging weather conditions.
The Wall Ultra run incorporates 34 miles on the road, 17 miles on tarmac path and 18 miles on trails.
Although competitive runners have been known to complete the race under 12 hours, the aim is to do it within two days.
The Total Foods receptionist said: “An ultramarathon is slightly different, there are five different pit-stops along the way. You don’t simply rely on energy pouches and water but you do eat proper food.
“There will be an overnight stop at Vindolanda camping site too.
“I am fully prepared this time following the weather in Manchester so will be packing everything from sun cream to full length waterproof clothing.”
Amanda has set a target of £500 and was delighted to receive her first donations from her nephew Harry and niece Jessica, who both gave £2 each.
To sponsor Amanda visit www.runningsponsorme.org/amandacrozier