A KINGSTHORNE woman has spent the last three months running a marathon a day to raise money for charity.

Thirty-four year old pharmacist Faith Addison set herself the self-confessed “ridiculously tough challenge” of running the entire length of the British Isles, covering some 1,700 miles alone and unsupported with her camping gear in her backpack after her godfather was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and began receiving care from his local hospice, Longfield House in Gloucester.

With the aim of raising £5,000 for Longfield House and Parkinson’s UK, Ms Addison had planned on completing the challenge by running an ultra-marathon a day, setting off from Skaw, at the farthest tip of the Shetland Islands, on September 1.

Her epic route has taken her along some of Britain’s most iconic trails, from the far coasts of the Scottish Isles, across the Highlands and the Pennines, over the Yorkshire Dales and the Peak District into the Midlands, and onwards through the Cotswolds, Somerset and Devon to Lizard Point in Cornwall, finishing with a 48 mile lap of Jersey on December 15.

However, despite the success of her run, Ms Addison admitted that it has not been without significant challenges.

“It was a very spontaneous, spur of the moment thing”, she said. “I had planned on taking six weeks to complete the challenge, running an ultra marathon a day, but came a cropper with shin splints ten days into the run and had to take it a bit easier.”

Faith’s run has garnered great support from communities along her route, with many providing her with accommodation and support.

Faith’s Great British Run page can be viewed on facebook, or to make a donation, visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/FaithAddison