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Moray woman completes seventh marathon of mammoth charity challenge for Outfit Moray


By Jonathan Clark

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A MORAY woman who has run seven marathons in seven months is entering the final stages of a mammoth charity challenge.

Having completed the Loch Ness Marathon on October 1, Outfit Moray fundraiser, Emma Vaccaro, is now five marathons away from completing a 12 marathons in 12 months challenge.

Emma taking part in the Speyside Way 50k (left) and with her medal for finishing the Edinburgh Marathon (right).
Emma taking part in the Speyside Way 50k (left) and with her medal for finishing the Edinburgh Marathon (right).

Emma took part in last year’s Dramathon to raise funds for Lossiemouth-based local outdoor and adventure charity Outfit Moray and enjoyed it so much that she decided to take on this challenge to mark her 40th birthday.

Emma still has this year's Dramathon, as well as the Dava Way 50k, Verona Marathon and Moray Marathon to go is seeking supporters to help her through.

She said: “I’m really excited to have managed seven marathons but there’s been some challenges, including being injured in the Sunset Running Festival when a cyclist ran into me on the first lap.

"I did try and keep running, but I was in too much pain and had to retire, which was really disappointing, but I did an extra virtual run later when I had recovered.

"I have had so much support during my challenge and am gaining so much more confidence as a runner, so much so that I have decided to finish with my biggest challenge yet; the Moray Coastal 50 on May 11.

Emma Vaccaro taking part in the Speyside Way 50K.
Emma Vaccaro taking part in the Speyside Way 50K.

"This will be a 50-mile challenge, which is further than I have run before, but I am hoping people will be inspired by my effort and sponsor me, as I would like to raise as much money as possible for Outfit Moray”

“I chose Outfit Moray as, being a parent and also a Cub leader, I have seen the amazing work they do to help change the lives of young people."

Outfit Moray offers a range of outdoor activities and residentials that Moray's young people can take part in and is especially targeted at those who are vulnerable or disadvantaged.

Outfit Moray fundraiser Karen Cox added: “We have been blown away by Emma’s incredible stamina. She has remained positive throughout her challenge, even when she was injured during a race in the summer.

"She has also been blogging about her journey on her Facebook page Emma’s 12 Marathons in 12 Months.

"We are really hoping more people will find her page and support her as she deserves a huge cheering squad for her herculean efforts."

To keep up with Emma’s amazing story and to find a link to her Facebook page visit www.outfitmoray.com/emma. You will find her GoFundMe link on the same page.

To learn more about Outfit Moray’s minibus crowdfunder, visit www.outfitmoray.com/twenty-years


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