Kelly goes flat out for 50 day challenge

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An Arbroath mum has taken on an epic endurance challenge to raise money for a pair of worthy local causes.

Kelly Bennett is running and cycling five kilometres a day for 50 days in support of the Arbroath Skatepark Project and the CAFE Project.

Today (Friday) marks the 19th day of the challenge with over £250 raised so far, and has seen Kelly run for five days straight, rest a day then cycle 10 kilometres to make up the difference before starting all over again. In this manner she should have amassed around 95 kilometres.

Kelly joked: “There are Christmas Day and New Year’s Day runs to do, so I’m looking forward to that!”

A recent convert to running, Kelly is a member of the Arbroath Footers and fell in love with the sport after completing their ‘couch to 5k’ programme earlier this year.

She explained her choice of causes. Kelly said: “They are both local causes in need of a lot of help but also valuable resources for the town.

“The CAFE Project doesn’t just cater for young ones, it caters for a number of groups that use their facilities. I chose the skatepark mostly because I have a teenage son who skates and who often comes home after having been told to move along by security guards.

“And I know skaters my age who have been after a skatepark for years.

“There are lots of things pop up for kids but for teenagers it’s a constant complaint that they have nothing to do.”

With weather conditions worsening Kelly has been offered the use of a treadmill at the Lindsay Street gym of Fit 4 Purpose in order to keep her challenge running smoothly.

There is a collection tin in Kelly’s workplace, the Pende Cafe, Market Place, and you can also donate online by finding her on Facebook.