On a very icy Saturday morning, 30 friends came together to take on the Go Feral 12-hour run, in memory of their friend Paula.
As the sun rose at 7am, runners, walkers and 4-legged friends crept out of frosty tents and navigated their way around the challenging 10-kilometre off-road course, in Abbots Ripton Huntingdon. Some ran or walked solo and some went in teams of up to 8 people, rotating on each lap. In between laps they enjoyed barbecue and cake. Despite the weather, the friends raised over £2,000 in donations.
Many of the friends had taken part in endurance races previously, with Paula, who sadly took her own life earlier this year. Jen Richardson who took part in the Go Feral race said “We wanted to participate in a similar event together, to celebrate Paula’s life and her love of running. We chose to raise money for CPSL Mind as it seemed relevant to support a charity which helps others facing their own demons. It was a great day. Many of us walked the final lap together, remembering Paula and chatting about how much she would have enjoyed the event. “Paula was at her happiest doing these sort of events”, said Fiona McDaid, who walked and talked for 4 laps solo!
Zoe Doherty, Fundraiser for the charity said, “To keep going for 12 hours is an incredible feat of endurance and shows how much effort has gone into this fundraising event. Everyone clearly enjoyed the day and what a wonderful and fitting way to remember Paula. The money raised will go towards helping local people in their recovery from mental health challenges and specifically CPSL Mind will be working with local running groups to provide mental health awareness and support. A huge thank you to everyone involved for raising such as significant amount of money.”