West Leake woman takes on seven half marathons in seven days for Rainbows

A runner from West Leake ran seven half marathons in seven days to raise funds for Rainbows. 

Alice Murfitt (23) took on the challenge in May in memory of her cousin, Beatrix Barton, who received care and support from our hospice. Beatrix, who had Cerebral Palsy, died in 2017 at the age of 18.

Alice, who has only ran one half marathon previously, was on furlough when she came up with the idea – just one week before her challenge. 

“When Bea passed I knew I wanted to do something in her memory,” said Alice. “It was May 2017 when she died so it seemed poignant to do it in May. When you have a reason, it spurs you on. It would have meant so much to her. My aunt and uncle always spoke so highly of Rainbows. It felt right to do it for her.”

Alice, who now lives in Manchester, mapped out a few routes around the city. “I tried to set off at 11am every day and it would generally take me around one hour and 50 minutes. 

“I think I underestimated how hard it would be, mentally and physically. I had only done one half marathon before. Looking back, it seems so surreal. But it was one of the best things I have ever done. It was incredibly rewarding and the last day was very moving.

“As times are hard financially for people at the moment in light of the pandemic, I knew it would require a tough challenge to motivate donations. But I couldn’t believe the response I had. When I first started fundraising, I was really worried I wouldn’t be able to get to £1,000. People have been so kind and generous and I am so grateful.”

Rainbows Community Fundraiser Gary Farnfield added: “Alice has completed a very tough challenge and should feel very proud of herself. She has also raised an incredible amount. Without the support of people like Alice, we wouldn’t be able to open our doors and support the hundreds of families that we do. And at a time where Covid-19 is impacting on our fundraising, we need donations and the backing of our supporters even more so.”

Alice also raised £2,600 for Fairshare, the UK’s largest charity fighting hunger and food waste, which is where she volunteers in Manchester. 

To donate to Rainbows, visit rainbows.co.uk/donate or call 01509 638 049.