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Northam woman to tackle Offa’s Dyke Path to raise money for charity

By NDJNicole  |  Posted: March 18, 2014

Northam woman to tackle Offa’s Dyke Path to raise money for charity

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A LEGAL secretary from Northam will be will be swapping her office suits for trainers as she tackles a gruelling 177 miles run.

Anna Morrison, 31, hopes to complete the challenge along an 8th century trail on the English and Welsh border in May.

She will tackle the Offa’s Dyke Path and aims to complete the challenge in four days.

Anna, who will be raising cash for the World Society for the Protection of Animals, has been training hard for the event.

She will cross the Black Mountains, the Shropshire Hills, the Eglwyseg Moors and the Clwydian Range.

Anna said the Welsh countryside was a place she had fond memories of, including meeting her fiance, Dan Gorvett.

She said: “I was born in Wales and have always adored hiking and fell running in the Welsh mountains.

“I met Dan on top of a mountain in Wales and moved to Devon to be with him.

“I’ve continued to use the beautiful rolling hills of North Devon and tors of Dartmoor to keep my training up.

“The Offa’s Dyke Path seemed like the perfect challenge, running the border is like a balance of my connections to Wales and England.”

Anna’s dog, Cookie, will be walking alongside her for part of the challenge.

She said: “I have been running nearly every day with my dog, he is my perfect running partner.

“He is very encouraging and loves barking at me if I’m slowing him down. I always train with a small rock in my rucksack to prepare me for the weight I will need to carry.

“I also run and train with my best friend Alice Murphy and her dog. We both love outside adventures and getting muddy on the trails and coastal paths of North Devon.”

Anna was determined to finish her challenge. She said: “I am confident my blood, sweat and tears will go into completing the run.”

Dan, said he was proud of Anna’s efforts.

He said: “When she told me she wanted to do something epic for charity I was impressed.

“I admire anyone who makes an effort to bring awareness to such issues as animal cruelty.”

Visit Anna’s Just Giving page www.justgiving.com/CelticBoot if you want to sponsor her.

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