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Wendy braves Icelandic chill to run Reykjavik marathon
2:00pm Tuesday 1st October 2013 in News
A DETERMINED fundraiser completed the challenge of a lifetime as she took on the gruelling Reykjavik Marathon in Iceland.
Wendy Bainbridge ran 26 miles in harsh Icelandic conditions.
She also managed to raise £300 for the Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT).
Wendy has previously run 16 marathons, and before hanging up her marathon running shoes to run half marathons, she wanted to do something in memory for her friend who recently passed away.
She said raising money for DWT seemed appropriate as she and her dear friend were avid supporters of the charity’s important conservation work in Dorset.
The marathon took place along the exposed coastline of Reykjavik, giving runners a spectacular view of the Icelandic coastal wildlife.
Despite suffering an injury which forced Wendy to take five weeks off training, she completed the marathon in five hours and 50 minutes. Wendy said: “Even though it was cold and exposed, there was a certain beauty in the rawness of the coastline, and the wildlife was quite stunning.
“As I ran I thought about the Trust and my friend. It felt very appropriate.”
Alastair Cook, director of fundraising and marketing for DWT, said: “We consider it an honour that Wendy chose to raise money for Dorset Wildlife Trust, whilst completing this difficult challenge.
“It is so inspiring to see members and supporters completing these challenges, and we hope that Wendy’s story will inspire more people to follow in her footsteps.”
Wendy has already raised £300 for DWT, but if you want to support her, it isn’t too late to donate.
Please visit her fundraising page for more information at dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk /wendy-bainbridge-runs-iceland
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