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Jenny back from South America to race marathon
4:00pm Friday 25th October 2013 in News
A WOMAN who swapped the Dorset countryside for the mountains of South America is returning to the country for a marathon charity challenge.
Jenny Brown, whose family is from Bradford Peverell near Dorchester, is travelling all the way from her new home in Peru to take on the Beachy Head Marathon near Eastbourne tomorrow.
The 43-year-old will be raising money for the ME Association, as her mother has been severely affected by ME and chronic fatigue, and the international charity Latin Link.
Jenny – who lives in Cusco in Peru with husband Roland, their two sons, Sammy and Benjamin, and their two Peruvian foster daughters, Hilda and Katy – works for Latin Link and wants to see more resources for children in her local state hospital as well as other projects.
She said: “Every pound will help people with a chronic disabling illness, children who spend weeks, even months, in a very poorly resource hospital, and families trying to work their way out of poverty in Cusco.”
Jenny is hoping to raise £1,000 through her Beachy Head Marathon run and is keen to hear from any local businesses interested in sponsoring her.
She is no stranger to running shorter distances, having claimed the title of British Student 800m champion back in 1989 and representing Great Britain at the World Cross Country Championships in 2001 and 2002.
But the marathon will be a whole new challenge for Jenny and she hopes her training routine will stand her in good stead.
She said: “With Cusco at 3,300metres, we live 1,000m higher than anyone would go for sensible altitude training, so it’s very tough and you have to run at least a minute a mile slower.
“I have been putting in the training – my furthest run so far is 16 miles.
“It’s the fulfilment of a long-held ambition.”
To sponsor Jenny for her efforts visit justgiving.com/jennybrownrun
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