A CHESTER school employee is more than half way through a challenge to complete 10 runs in eight months in support of a charity.
Rachel Keating has battled rain, wind and sciatica to complete six runs so far this year, starting with the Liverpool 10k in May 2013 and including the City of Salford 10k earlier this month.
She completed the Great North Run on Sunday, September 15 and will also take on the Southport Beach 10k on September 29.
Rachel, who works as the full time HR manager at Blacon High School, will take on the Wirral Half Marathon in October, with her tenth and final effort of the year planned for the Liverpool Santa Dash in December.
She is raising money for Ronald McDonald House in Arrowe Park, which provides free home-away-from-home accommodation for families of children receiving treatment at Wirral’s Arrowe Park Hospital.
The 31-year-old became aware of the house after friend Gabi Dwyer from Hoylake on the Wirral stayed there for more than two months in 2012 after her son Dexter was born 14 weeks early.
Rachel said: “Gabi was desperate to be near Dexter while he was being looked after at Arrowe Park Hospital, so the offer of a room at the Ronald McDonald House, just a short distance away from the ward, came as a great relief.
“I visited Gabi several times while she was staying at the house and was amazed by the quality of the rooms and facilities, and the kindness and compassion of the staff, particularly as everything is provided for free.
“I’ve dabbled with running on and off over the last few years but resolved earlier this year to improve my fitness and raise money for the Ronald McDonald House. I picked a few runs to attempt but before I knew it things had snowballed and I had 10 runs on my list.”
Rachel, who lives in Meols on the Wirral, has been training by running in her home village at least three times a week. She has already beaten her original fundraising target of £500.