As day breaks on 1 January 2000, University of Leicester Archivist, Jenny Clark, will set off on a 26-mile journey on the other side of the world.
Together with fellow club runner, Sandra Grimes, of Browsers' Bookshop in Stoneygate, Leicester, Jenny will be taking part in the Millennium Marathon in Hamilton, New Zealand.
Their aim is to raise money for two charities, one national and one local Leicestershire charity. "We chose Breakthrough Breast Cancer," said Jenny, "because as women it is especially relevant to us and because we both know people who have suffered from breast cancer. Our local charity is LOROS, the Hospice for Leicestershire and Rutland, which is well-known for the dedicated care and support it provides for terminally ill patients and their families."
Jenny has been running for approximately 15 years and is a keen member of the OWLS running club (Oadby and Wigston Legionnaires AC). The Millennium Marathon will be her eighth. She has run the Marathon three times in London, twice in Dublin, as well as in Paris and Harrow - usually finishing in around four hours. Her last Marathon was in London in April this year. She trains four times each week, at distances of 5-12 miles, with a long Sunday run of 15-20 miles.
Jenny said: "I have always wanted to visit New Zealand and doing the Millennium Marathon provides the ideal opportunity to combine that ambition with raising money for two very worthwhile causes. It also means that I shall see in the Millennium in truly memorable style."
Jenny would welcome sponsorship towards Breakthrough Breast Cancer and LOROS. Potential sponsors can contact her on number 0116 270 3462.
Note for editors: Further information is available from Jenny Clark, telephone 0116 252 2441 (Mondays and Tuesdays), 01509 222359 (Thursdays and Fridays), 0116 270 3462 (at other times).
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