Woman to complete five ultra marathons for charity

Hailey Shearman on Portsdown Hill in her trekking gear 

Picture: Habibur Rahman (171462-903)
Hailey Shearman on Portsdown Hill in her trekking gear Picture: Habibur Rahman (171462-903)
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MUM Hailey Shearman is training to take part in five ultra marathons.

The 36-year-old is juggling her busy calendar as a fitness instructor with being a mum to two children and three step-children to prepare for the challenges next year.

Hailey decided to do the treks to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

So far she has raised £300 and is confident that she will reach her target of £2,000.

Hailey said: ‘My grandad Alan suffered with vascular dementia which had deteriorated his health significantly.

‘He sadly passed away at the end of July this year, and it seems even more fitting now that I honour his memory by making my miles count for something important to all my family.

‘We completed the Isle of Wight Challenge with Action Challenge in April in 24 hours and 49 minutes having raised £1,600 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

‘Crossing the finish line was a feeling of elation like nothing I’ve ever experienced.’

Hailey, from Moggs Mead in Petersfield, will be walking five ultra marathon distances beginning with the Isle of Wight and London to Brighton Challenge in May, the Race to the King in June, the Jurassic Coast Challenge in July and the South Coast Challenge in August. In total, she will walk 305 miles.

To donate to Hailey visit justgiving.com/fundraising/hailey-shearman1.