Runner Melissa’s epic challenge

Melissa Lane, owner of Eco1, plans on completing a series of 10 runs throughout 2012, in aid of Yorkshire Cancer Research. Pictured with her dog, Molly, who will be running alongside her.'p7945a209
Melissa Lane, owner of Eco1, plans on completing a series of 10 runs throughout 2012, in aid of Yorkshire Cancer Research. Pictured with her dog, Molly, who will be running alongside her.'p7945a209
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PONTEFRACT businesswoman Melissa Lane has set herself an epic fitness challenge to run ten races and raise thousands of pounds for a charity close to her heart.

Ms Lane – who runs energy monitor manufacturing company Eco1 – signed up to the daunting physical challenge in a bid to raise more than £5,000 for the Yorkshire Cancer Research charity after her sister Anna was diagnosed with soft tissue tumour rhabdomyosarcoma as a child.

She said: “I was 12 when my youngster sister Anna was diagnosed, so I knew exactly what was happening and how serious it was.

“When something like that affects your family it sticks with you and now it has inspired me to raise the money for my local cancer charities.

“Yorkshire is my home, so I really wanted to help Yorkshire Cancer Research.”

Ms Lane, of Carleton Road, trains twice a week with Ackworth Roadrunners, and also runs around Pontefract racecourse with dog Molly.

The 40-year-old was inspired to take on the 114-mile challenge after completing a trek to Everest base camp and the Great North Run last year.

She said: “I wanted to do something a bit epic – a really great challenge that would keep me going for the whole year - so I signed up to complete as many runs as I could possibly, humanly fit in.

“I took part in the Great North Run at the last minute, and was very slow and under-prepared. But it gave me a buzz and I decided next year I would do it more seriously.

“I’m having to give up a lot of weekends and it’s very cold in the mornings and at night at the moment. It’s not pleasant and it’s quite lonely – in fact I would describe it as physical torture – but I get a buzz out of getting that little bit further each time.”

Ms Lane will kick-start her year-long challenge with the Edinburgh Marathon on May 27, before taking part in a number of 10k runs and half-marathons, including the Jane Tomlinson Run for All events in Leeds, York and Hull and the Great North Run.

Visit www.justgiving.co.uk/Melissa6 to sponsor Ms Lane.