TURNING 30 is a a good reason to throw a party for most people.
But Sally Davison has turned the milestone into a fundraising challenge.
She has vowed to run 30 races this year in the run-up to her birthday in September – including the Great South Run and a marathon.
Before joining Portsmouth Joggers Club in January, Sally, from Velder Avenue, Milton, had taken part in the 10-mile Great South Run once, but had done little running apart from that.
Now she’s training heavily, regularly runs 16-mile routes and has already completed four of the planned 30 races.
She said: ‘I wanted to mark my 30th birthday in a special way and raise some money for charity, but I wasn’t sure how to do it.
‘Then I read in a magazine about a woman who was doing 60 races in a year for her 60th birthday and thought if she could do 60 then there’s no reason why I couldn’t manage 30.
‘I don’t know how she fitted it in though – my life seems to be consumed by the running but I’m loving it and knowing it’s for charity keeps me going.’
Sally has already collected about £800 for Cancer Research UK and To Kenya With Love – a charity which helps to provide children in Kenya with education, accommodation and healthcare.
She added: ‘A couple of my friends gave up their work to move out to Kenya and volunteer in a little school.
‘What they’re doing is fantastic and I wanted to do my bit to help out too.
‘Cancer Research is close to my heart, as I have lost a number of relatives to the disease.
‘Sadly, most people have lost someone to cancer, and everyone has been affected by it in some way. I’d like to think that by giving money to research it will help change that.’
Sally will take part in the Edinburgh Marathon on May 27 and the Race for Life at Southsea Common on July 22.
The women-only Race for Life raises funds for Cancer Research UK and sees millions throughout Britain take part every year.
Participants can choose to take part in either a 5k or 10k run in aid of the cause.
Suzi Dent, the charity’s Portsmouth events manager, said: ‘Race for Life is not about being fast or fit. Instead, it’s a celebration of sisterhood and hope. We want to encourage women of all ages, shapes and sizes to enter. It’s all of us versus cancer and we need women to join the fight as soon as possible.’
See raceforlife.org for more information.