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Thetford marathon runner's call to help dementia charities

The Bury Free Press has become the first sponsor to support a Thetford marathon runner who is trying to help two charities while completing her own epic challenge.

Melanie Sturman, who has been running marathons since 2011, wants to reach 300 and make it on to the World Mega Marathon List.

With less than 20 to go now, she is looking to raise money for Thetford and District Dementia Support and Miniature Donkeys for Well Being by asking individuals to donate and businesses to sponsor her – the companies will have the chance to have their logos on her running top for the next six months as she goes to hit her target.

Marathon runner Melanie Sturman who has her first company sponsor on her way to completing 300 marathonsPicture by Mark Westley
Marathon runner Melanie Sturman who has her first company sponsor on her way to completing 300 marathonsPicture by Mark Westley

She said: “I thought because it was such a big milestone to reach I could raise some money for some really great local charities along the way,

“Because of my job in health and social care I am really passionate about dementia services and I feel organisations like these need our support because without them some people would not be supported and not get out very much.”

The Thetford parkrun director, who set up the event in 2013 and a junior version last year, is set to have a very busy 2020, not only finishing her marathons but also celebrating her 50th birthday and getting married to her fiancé Richard Furness.

She said: “I am really excited about all the things that are happening this year and helping these charities on top of all that will motivate me even more to reach my target before my own celebrations in August.”

Mel said that once she hit 300 she would not be hanging up her running shoes but would continue to do a few each year.

She really wants to complete the six Abbott World Marathon Majors. Having already done New York, London, Berlin and Boston, she hopes to do Tokyo and Chicago to complete the set.

But for now the ambassador for Active Norfolk’s This Girl Can initiative wants to focus on raising as much money as she can for two charities she feels are so vital to the community.

Mel said: “We do not know if we will need these charities’ services in the future, so we need to support them through things like fund-raising so they are still around if we do.”

To donate, go to www.marafunevents.co.uk/apps/webstore/ or for businesses who wish to sponsor Mel and want their logo on her shirt, email Melaniefloyd@sky.com

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