A BROTHER and sister are attempting to run the equivalent of seven marathons in seven days to raise money for diabetes.
Georgia Rought Whitta, 20, and her brother Giles, 21, who live in Waterhouses, are to run the route of Wainwright’s coast to coast walk from St Bees in Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay in North Yorkshire.
The former Denstone College students will start the 200 mile hike on Sunday, September 8 and hope to complete it over a seven a day period.
All the money raised will go to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) which funds research to cure, prevent and treat type one diabetes.
Georgia said: “Type one diabetes runs in our family and supporting JDRF is something we really want to do and any support would be very much appreciated.
“One of our cousins has it and also our grandfather suffered from it. We decided at Christmas we wanted to do something to raise money for this excellent cause.”
Georgia, who starts her third year at Oxford University in October studying chemistry and Giles, who starts his fourth year at Cambridge studying material science, have been training around the Roaches near Leek ready for their endurance event. Both have also kept up their fitness by playing rugby for their universities.
Georgia and Giles have already raised £3,000 with sponsorship from family and friends.
Giles said: “We are both looking forward to the challenge. We are a little apprehensive, but it will be an adventure.
“Family and friends have been very supportive. They are taking us to the start and picking us up at the end of the run.”
To support the pair visit www.justgiving.com/gilesandgeorgiarun7marathonsin7days