Extreme knitter makes marathon record bid

Extreme knitter makes marathon record bid (iStockphoto)

An extreme knitter from Sussex is attempting to knit the longest scarf while running a marathon.

Susie Hewer, who has been nicknamed 'the extreme knitting redhead' will be trying to break her own world record later this month in aid of charity.

The BBC reports that she will attempt the Virgin London Marathon on April 21st, where she will be raising money for Alzheimer's Research.

This is a cause very close to her heart as her mother Peggy died in 2005 after suffering from vascular dementia.

Following her passing, Ms Hewer ran her first marathon for the charity only two weeks after her 89-year-old mother's death.

The 55-year-old from Ewhurst Green is hoping to warm up by running the Brighton Marathon next week and will then take on an impressive 111-day challenge after the London race.

Ms Hewer is planning to run at least 5.5 miles a day for 55 days, until she reaches her 56th birthday in June when she will increase the distance to a minimum of 5.6 miles a day for 56 consecutive days.

As well as having great running stamina, she is also a talented knitter and has combined these two skills in order to set two world records.

The first was knitting the longest scarf while running a marathon in 2008 and the second was stitching the longest crochet chain in 2010.

Speaking to the BBC she said: "I'll have neck ache by the end of it, looking down to ensure I don't drop any stitches, but it will be worth it to help Alzheimer's Research UK progress with its ground-breaking research."

Over the past seven years, Parminder Summon, the charity's community fundraising manager, said that Ms Hewer had raised almost £25,000.

"Her remarkable contribution is bringing us closer to finding ways to diagnose, prevent, treat and cure dementia," he said.

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