Scarborough runner's 365 day challenge

Laura Bluck is running at least 5km a day every day for a full year in aid of five charities.
Laura Bluck is running at least 5km a day every day for a full year in aid of five charities.

It all started with keeping fit so she could eat chocolate at Christmas, but Laura Bluck would never have envisaged what she ended up signing up for.

The 35-year-old decided on December 1 last year she would run 5km for a month so she could eat what she wanted over the festive period.

After reaching her milestone, she decided to continue for 100 days before being propositioned by a friend to run for 365 days for charity.

The Northstead resident said: “I thought ‘why not?’. I wanted to give something back. I have had a lot of positive feedback so far.

“If I can inspire anyone to get out running then it has been a success. I have had great fun so far.”

She is running for five charities, Guide Dogs, National Autistic Society, Breast Cancer Care, Royal British Legion and Saint Catherine’s Hospice, which are all causes that lie close to her heart.

Laura has reached £800 for her fundraising so far with her hoping to smash the £1,000 she set when the idea came about.

“I feel really good and I’m very pleased how I’m not even half way through the challenge and I’ve already got 70% of my target,” she said.

“I would love to get to £1,500 but I am realistically just wanting to raise as much money for these great charities so I appreciate any help and support I can get.”

Laura, who has been running for 15 years, usually runs two or three times a week.

Laura is now running around 100 miles a month in her year-long quest.

Her dedication has seen her run at 12.15am ahead of a wedding she attended and is also planning on taking her running trainers with her when she goes on holiday abroad later this year.

Laura said: “My family and friends have been great and I am really proud of what I have done so far, but there is a long way to go.

“It will be a massive achievement to complete a full year.”