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Sisters ‘Race to the Stones’ in soaring temperatures

Two sisters from Worcester have completed one of the UK’s toughest ultra-marathon challenge at the weekend. The pair took part in the ‘Race to the Stones’ ultra-marathon in sizzling temperatures during which participants were challenged to run 100km along Britain’s oldest path within 24 hrs.

Kerrin Fearns and Briony Mills from Worcester, took on the extreme challenge to fundraise for Malvern Special Families, a local charity which supports families who have children with disabilities. The duo set off from the Chilterns on the 14th of July and raced along Britain’s most ancient pathway, ending at the Avebury Stones after 20 hrs 1 minute and 36 seconds.

Kerrin Fearns said: “We chose to fundraise for Malvern Special Families because they provide an irreplaceable service for our family, so it’s very close to our hearts and nice to see in very real terms where the money goes.”

“It was about 27 degrees C so super gruelling in the heat. The night stretch was very dark (no moon) and quite difficult walking as the ridgeway was rutted and covered in loose stones. We made it to the stones/finish just before sunrise at around 4.30am, where a bacon roll made it all better.”

“It was a tough day/night mentally and physically, but as we were still receiving donations during the day, it was a reminder of why we were doing it and that we couldn’t give up! The low points were the painful feet/toes and the high point was the sense of achievement that we kept going, completed 100km and finished what people had sponsored us to do. The feeling that we have actually made a worthwhile donation to Malvern Special Families is priceless.”

Cassie Zoro, community fundraiser at MSF, added: “Kerrin and Briony are real-life wonder women. They finished their ‘Race to the Stones’ ultra-marathon in an incredible time and completely smashed their fundraising total. It’s such an achievement for a brilliant cause and in a very impressive time. Our small charity Malvern Special Families relies on the enthusiasm of fabulous community fundraisers like Kerrin and Briony and the generosity of their sponsors. Thank you so much.”

You can still sponsor the pair by visiting:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kerrinandbrionyracetothestones

Top right photo: Kerrin Fearns (left) and Briony Mills (right) reach the stones. NB in photos below: Kerrin wears a black t-shirt and grey long sleeved top. Briony wears a pink t-shirt and blue long sleeved top.

 

 

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