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    Ipswich runner considers mountain challenge after conquering marathon

    A fitness fanatic from our Otley Campus is looking to conquer the 2020 London marathon.

    28-year-old Emma Hales from Ipswich will be taking part in her first 26 miler for the Pancreatic Cancer charity.

    She will be raising funds for her stepsister’s husband who passed away from this condition (pancreatic cancer) at the age of 35.

    If successful, the sport and fitness apprenticeship co-ordinator - who works for Easton and Otley College - is considering a mountainous challenge in the future.

    She said, “This is the fourth time I’ve applied for the marathon and I’ve finally got in. I wanted to raise money for this charity because it’s not very well known. The training regime is intense but I’ve always wanted to run the London Marathon. It’s one of the most iconic races in the world. I’m looking forward to seeing all the sights, taking it all in and lining up alongside some of the biggest named athletes in the world. To be in the same race as people like Mo Farah would be amazing. He is such an inspiration.”

     Emma will be joined by her parents and sister in April next year and is hoping to run a time of around four hours.

    She continued, “It would be great to go sub-four hours – but as long as I get around - that is the main thing. Whatever happens, at the end I’m looking forward to eating loads of carbs and then I might go for a celebratory drink somewhere with the family.”

    In terms of the future, Emma has even bigger plans. “Last year I did the three peaks challenge and in 2021 I want to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. After that, I’d definitely consider climbing Everest. As long as I’m physically and mentally fit, I’m always up for a sporting challenge.”

    College spokesperson, John Nice, said, “All the college will be proudly supporting Emma and looking out for her on the telly next April.”

    To support Emma’s effort, you can donate money via this link –