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Molly Smith is running every day for a year in aid of the #saveGBWR campaign. Only a month into her challenge, Smith has already raised over half of her £2,500 target and she is already thinking of extending her fundraising goal.

“I plan to up my target. My original target was £2,500 but after the first month I have already raised over £1,500.” Said Smith.

In an average week, the 28-year-old from Stockton-On-Tees runs about 40 miles, so should rack up about 2000 miles in total when her challenge ends at the end of June 2018.

“I decided to help raise money for GBWR as my younger brother, Jack Smith, plays. He had a spinal cord injury in 2008 and wheelchair rugby has played a massive part in his life since then.” Continued Smith.

Smith will be on the start line in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in September when she will be running in her 11th Great North Run. She first ran the 13-mile race in 2006 and also completed her first London Marathon in April this year.

“So far I have ran six full marathons in my lifetime, including my first London Marathon this year. I have another two marathons coming up in the next few months. Throughout the year I tend to run several other events as well, all varying in distance.”

With such a close connection with the sport, Smith felt that she couldn’t just sit and do nothing when UK Sport announced their decision to cease all funding for our sport.

“I think the funding cuts are a huge injustice and I feel it’s so unfair to take opportunities away from the team. I know my fundraising will be a drop in the ocean of the total needed to get the team to Tokyo but I can’t sit by and do nothing.”

To donate, please visit Molly’s Just Giving page follow the link below: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/molly-runs-365