Published Wednesday 22nd February 2017

Walking the 136-mile length of the River Wye would be a good effort for most people. But for Diane Pritchard, she is going one better by running the entire route.

The fundraiser, who works for St Michael’s Hospice supporters Wyevale Nurseries, hopes to complete the challenge in 6 days – averaging about 22 miles a day.

‘I’ve run part of the route near where I live and it’s a lovely trail, so I thought why not turn it into a challenge?’ said Diane.

‘I’ve received great support from my running club, Hay Hotfooters.’

She said both her father and father-in-law made her decide to raise funds for St Michael’s.

‘My father spent his last days at the Leicester hospice, LOROS, and my father-in-law at St Michael’s. I don’t think there is anyone in Herefordshire who doesn’t know someone who has had experience of St Michael’s.’

Diane’s run will take place at the end of April.

Starting at the source of the River Wye at Plynlimon, she will follow the route of the river, ending in Chepstow where the Wye meets the Severn.

The event won’t be the first substantial run that Diane has taken on. She has completed the Hereford Half Marathon twice and a full marathon once, along with various trail runs of differing lengths.

Anyone walking the length of the River Wye would typically complete it in about 12 days. Among the sights enroute are Tintern Abbey, Symonds Yat Rock and Chepstow Castle.

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