A MUM is set to run an entire marathon – backwards.
Meg Moult, 32, is taking on the amazing challenge to raise money for research into cystic fibrosis, which her beloved nephew Harry Robson suffers from.
Mrs Moult, of Cornbrook Grove, Waterlooville, completed the Brighton Marathon two years ago but a knee injury prevented her from taking part this year.
She came up with the wacky fundraiser for next year’s run as it was ‘something different’.
She said: ‘Running backwards is really good for your legs.
‘It’s low impact and uses lots of muscles but at first I thought the idea was completely insane.
‘I did a bit of research then one night I had a dream that I did it.
‘I woke up and thought, “That’s it, I’m doing it now!”.’
But the logistics are the most difficult part so she needs runners to go with her to stop her from tripping over.
Mrs Moult’s family are doing the marathon together, including Harry’s dad James Robson, from Crawley, and they will make sure she keeps on track.
She can already run one and a half miles, backwards, without stopping.
‘When I first started training it was so hard,’ said Mrs Moult.
‘But now I really enjoy it, it’s like being a big kid again.
‘I know it’s going to be tough but no matter how long it takes I’m going to complete it.
‘I’m not running competitively, as I would have done if I was running forwards, so I’m just going to enjoy it.’
Mrs Moult and her family are hoping to raise £10,000 between them for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
Three-year-old Harry and Mrs Moult’s two-year-old daughter Summer will also be there cheering them on.
Speaking of her nephew, she said: ‘Harry has to have physiotherapy twice a day and they bang his chest to try and get rid of the mucus in his lungs. He finds it really hard to put weight on so all the unhealthy food that we avoid he has to eat piles of because his pancreas can’t absorb fat. And he is really susceptible to bugs so has to take antibiotics every day.
‘On some hot and sunny days Harry is not allowed out because the medication he is on causes his skin to blister in the heat. It’s horrendous for him but you’d never know it because he is absolutely lovely, happy all the time and so cute.’
To sponsor Mrs Moult go to uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/harry.