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Woman runs double marathon at Leicester Comedy Festival
Kate Owen
Kate plans to run to and from each venue at Leicester Comedy Festival

A Leicestershire woman will be running the equivalent of two marathons over the course of the Leicester Comedy Festival to raise money for charity.

In 2010, Kate Owen completed the solo challenge of running between venues, raising over £1,000 in the process.

This year she is fundraising for the prostate cancer charity Prost Aid, with an enthusiastic team of five.

Kate believes the final run will probably be a lot further than the estimated 52.4 miles in 17 days.

"The reality is that we are likely to do more than that. I did it last year and it was upwards of 60 [miles] then," she said.

Kate said it was surprisingly easy finding others to join the 'running joke'; "It's fun and it appeals to people because it's a little bit different, rather than do something straight forward like a 10k run."

Bright outfits mean there will be no chance of missing Kate and her team as they follow city and country routes.

"The pink outfit [I wore in 2010] came from last year's comedy festival branding which was all neon pink colours. This year it is actually fluorescent yellow."

Making a difference

Prost Aid is a charity that covers Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire. It helps local men through some very difficult times.

In December 2010 the charity took on the first prostate cancer palliative care nurse in Leicester to work with the men who are sadly at the end of their treatment journey and those recently diagnosed.

These nurses are not funded for by the government so they solely rely on donations.

Rob Banner from Prost Aid said: "It's fantastic Kate Owen and her team are doing this for us.

"Without the generosity of local people doing this, we wouldn't be able to do these things. We just want to help local chaps."




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