Woman's 200km desert race for breast cancer

PUBLISHED: 15:00 19 October 2011

Endurance runner Liz Wiggins in the desert

Endurance runner Liz Wiggins in the desert


TWO runners from Bleadon have decided to enter a five-day race in Asia to raise money for a cancer charity.

Liz Wiggins, 38, and Roger Hart, 63, will run the 195km race in Oman, which takes in a marathon, a night race and a 6000ft climb, on November 4.

They will be the only two British people in the race which winds through rocky mountains and the searing heat of the Wahiba desert.

Liz decided to take up the challenge to raise money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer after both her grandmothers died of breast cancer, one aged 40, the other aged 100.

She has already raised almost £1,000 and is hoping to raise another £500 by next month.

Her friend Roger agreed to run the race with her after doing it in 2009.

Liz was going to run it next December for her 40th birthday but Roger decided this would be the last year he does a long race so she brought the run forward.

The first day of the event will take in a climb equivalent to running up Mount Snowdon twice over.

Then many of the desert dunes on the following days will be more than 90ft high – around the same size as Bleadon Hill.

Liz, who has lived in the village for 10 years and works in Marks and Spencer, said: “I have been training by running 90 miles a week around my full time job.

“I’m very much looking forward to the run, though I am a little bit nervous now it is getting close.

“I just want to do something for my grandmothers.”

To donate, go to www.justgiving.com/lizwiggins

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