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Maidstone ‘cheetah’ ready to run through London

A cat lover from Maidstone is running the London Landmarks Half Marathon as a cheetah to raise over £500 for Cats Protection.

From Press releases - 22 March 2019 12:00 AM

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Lucy Dugher, an electrical designer at UK Power Networks, is dressing up as ‘Cheetara’, from the 80s cartoon ThunderCats, for Sunday’s 13-mile challenge.

Lucy isn’t looking to channel her inner cheetah with a fast finish time, instead she’s looking forward to enjoying the London sights and the support of the crowds.

She said: “I’ve had lots of great support from my colleagues at work and I’ve been training during my lunch break. I am lucky enough to work a couple of minutes run from the countryside.

“My costume consists of yellow leggings, an orange leotard with the ThunderCats symbol, bright yellow hair and face make-up. I’m very excited about doing this in fancy dress!

“I have three rescue cats. I enjoy their personalities. They are fascinating, funny and amazing. My mum volunteers for Cats Protection and we foster cats through the charity. I will always put photos of our foster cats needing homes on the noticeboard at work.

“I’ve been running for 20 years. For me it’s really good for mind, body and soul. It gets me out in the fresh air and into countryside and where I can let my mind wander. It’s excellent stress relief, it’s therapeutic and the countryside is beautiful.

“Normally I am a solo trail runner but I am really excited to be part of the London Landmarks Half Marathon. From past experience, the support from spectators is so uplifting and motivating. It makes you forget about the aches and pains, and makes it a joy to run.”

The route starts at Pall Mall and includes St Paul’s Cathedral, The Gherkin, Tower of London, London Eye, Big Ben and it ends in Downing Street.

To visit Lucy’s fundraising page see here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lucy-dugher