11th April 2002
A sporty Hull student will pound the streets of London on Sunday to help pay for a new home for her local St John Ambulance division.
Karen Latter hopes that by completing the Flora London Marathon she will raise £800 for the charity after its base in her home town of Abingdon was destroyed by fire.
Karen and her mother are both members of the Abingdon division of St John Ambulance, whose headquarters went up in flames in last year.
This is not the first time that the 20-year-old, who studies Animation at the Hull School of Art and Design, has put her sporting stamina to the test.
As a 16-year-old she swam the English Channel in 20 hours and 16 minutes, and in June she plans to complete a London to Brighton cycle ride.
“I’m quite sporty, but this is the first time I’ve ever run a marathon,” she said. “I’ve been training for about a year and now my preparations are just winding down. At one stage I was running 20 miles in training but now I’m down to four-mile runs.
“I can run 20 miles in four hours and it feels OK – I’m not very fast but I do expect to complete the course!”
Two of Karen’s flatmates and members of her family, including her parents, brother and grandparents, will be with her at the weekend to cheer her on her way.
“My grandparents live near the Rotherhithe Tunnel, which is about 11 miles into the race, so they’ll be there to give me a cheer,” said Karen.
Karen is still looking for sponsors to help her reach her £800 target in aid of the St John Ambulance. If you’d like to help contact her direct on 07890 039084.
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