Terrific Trudi nominated for Heart of Ulverston Award after marathon success

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Relief: Trudi Dewar after crossing the line at the end of the Brathay 10in10 challenge last month Photo: CHRIS WEST
Relief: Trudi Dewar after crossing the line at the end of the Brathay 10in10 challenge last month Photo: CHRIS WEST
13 June 2017 6:06PM

A LONG-distance runner will be hoping to wine one more race after she was nominated for a 2017 Heart of Ulverston Award.

For ten days in May Ulverston's Trudi Dewar pushed her body to its limit when she took part in the Brathay Trust's 10in10 marathon challenge.

For pounding the roads around Windermere for 26 miles, every day for 10 days, Mrs Dewar managed to raise more than £11,000 for charity.

Mrs Dewar was speechless following her nomination for Citizen of the Year, admitting she was "humbled" by the news.

I'm an ordinary woman who just ran a marathon or two

She said: "I'm a bit awestruck really, to me I don't feel like I deserve it compared to other people.

"People have done amazing things for charity, but I really just ran round a lake 10 times. I'm very humbled."

Mrs Dewar is no stranger to ultra-endurance events. Her husband Paul, who she owns Ulverston's Stan Laurel Inn with, has competed in numerous triathlons and marathons and was himself nominated for a Heart of Ulverston Award last year following his 'To Hell and Back' challenge.

It was his superhuman feats that pushed Mrs Dewar to take up a challenge of her own. She wanted to prove that any one was able to set themselves a goal, and achieve it.

 Triumphant Trudi Dewar at the finish line of the Brathay 10 in 10. CHRIS WEST

Triumphant Trudi Dewar at the finish line of the Brathay 10 in 10.

CHRIS WEST

"The key reason when I entered was to inspire other people who don't normally run, to do something out of my comfort zone and to raise awareness for Brathay," Mrs Dewar said.

Mrs Dewar has certainly inspired people through her actions. At the time of writing, she has raised £11,500 for the Brathay Trust, in increidble figure when her initial target was only £3,000.

Her actions have even encouraged others to take up exercise: She said: "I've spoken to people who said 'I went out running for the first time ever'."

It took every once of mental and physical strength Mrs Dewar had to get herself over the finish line. Her feat was one many of us would struggling to complete once, let alone 10 times in a row.

However, Mrs Dewar insists she isn't special, saying: "I'm an ordinary woman who just ran a marathon or two."

To nominate someone for a heart of Ulverston Award, click here. It only takes five minutes and could mean the world to someone.

Read more about Trudi, and Heart of Ulverston here:

Our reporter Emma Preston met Mrs Dewar to find out just why she chose to run 10 consecutive marathons.

Athletes from across Furness did the area proud on the final day of the Brathay 10 in 10.

A schoolteacher has been recognised for his decades of hard work in this year's Heart of Ulverston Awards.

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