Katherine takes on the Cape Wrath challenge for Ryedale Special Families

Katherine Bray is taking part in the Cape Wrath Ultra, where she will run from Fort William to Cape Wrath in Scotland, a distance of 248 miles, in eight days.

She walks an average of 50 kilometers a day, wading through rivers, washing in streams, sleeping in a tent and carrying all her food and water for the day herself. In very remote areas, Katherine is often without a cell phone connection and relies on a compass to navigate rough, mountainous terrain. She climbs an average of 1,400 meters per day and is tracked by GPS.

Katherine, who lives in Pickering, has been running 650 miles since January in preparation for the World Championships

Last year Katherine raised £4,500 for Ryedale Special Families by running 100 miles in one day. This year, she hopes to raise even more money for the charity.

Katherine said: “I’ve never managed anything of this magnitude before and have run over 30 miles a day on consecutive days and over mountains.

“Map reading is not my forte, so that will be a challenge too. At moments I feel pretty overwhelmed by all of this, but I take a deep breath and say to myself, the bigger the challenge, the higher I get.”

“I am fully committed to doing this while raising as much money as I can for Ryedale Special Families.”

RSF supports families of children and young adults with disabilities and additional needs in the Ryedale area and is trying to raise millions of pounds to build a new home near Pickering.

Carrie Brackstone, mother of Ruby Sugars, an eight-year-old girl who suffers from complex disabilities and is losing her sight, supports Katherine’s fundraiser:

Carrie said, “I’ve never met anyone who is as focused and motivated as Katherine – if anyone can do it, it’s her.” Parents of disabled children in rural areas face additional challenges in gaining access to increasingly scarce services. Ryedale Special Families provides invaluable support to over 300 local families. A much-needed new home will allow the charity to expand its services. Please support Katherine in her challenge. She is a brave woman.

Rob Davis, Fundraising Coordinator for RSF said, “This will no doubt be Katherine’s mind challenge!” Running a marathon is tough enough, but running averaging 30 miles a day for eight straight days is phenomenal.

“We would like to thank Katherine for her continued support of Ryedale Special Families and wish her every success in this incredible challenge.”

Katherine’s Justgiving page can be found at:

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