Runner aims to break own record crocheting during marathon

Runner aims to break own record crocheting during marathon

A keen runner is aiming to break her own world record at the London Marathon this year - by crocheting as she works her way to the finish line.

As if running 26.2 miles were not hard enough, Susie Hewer from Ewhurst Green will have to contend with turning colourful yarn into a beautiful creation as she goes, local newspaper the Argus reports.

Susie is also known as the Extreme Knitting Redhead and became the first person to run a marathon while knitting in 2010. She set the Guinness World Record for creating the longest scarf over the distance, with her chain measuring 77.4m (253ft).

Since her time was five hours and 42 minutes, that means she crocheted an incredible 2.9 metres per mile!

The crafter took up running in 2002 and ran her first marathon in 2005, just weeks after her mum Peggy died from vascular dementia aged 89.

This is a common form of dementia that is caused by reduced blood flow to the brain after the blood vessels that supply it become blocked or damaged. It affects more than 111,000 people in the UK.

Susie now runs to raise money for Alzheimer's Research UK - and she crochets at the same time because her beloved mum taught her the craft when she was a little girl.

"Having watched her fade away with vascular dementia, I'm determined to do everything I can to raise money and awareness for the research experts," she commented.

Spokesperson for the charity Jodie Vaughan revealed Susie has already raised more than £30,000, which will have paid for 1,500 hours of research and vital equipment.

"Susie is an amazing champion of Alzheimer's Research UK and we can't thank her enough for her continued efforts," she added.

If you want to sponsor Susie ahead of the marathon on April 13th, you can do so via her Just Giving page here.

You could also think about picking up your crochet needles and crafting some toys or scarves to sell in aid of the charity if you want a project over the coming weeks.

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