Perse pupil smashes fundraising target with gruelling charity run
22 Apr 2021
Alice MacDowell (left)
Alice MacDowell (right)
Alice MacDowell (Lower Sixth) has raised more than three times her original target for Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre (CRCC) after completing a testing 24-hour running challenge.
She joined together with friend Jodie Wright in running one mile every hour for a whole day, using different routes in Saffron Walden.
They had initially hoped to raise £500, but have smashed their goal to make £1,571 for CRCC, which provides free specialist support to women and girls across Cambridgeshire who have been affected by sexual violence.
Alice said: “It went really well and we weren’t expecting to raise so much money. Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre provided us with T-shirts and water bottles and they were really supportive of what we were doing, so we’re pleased to have raised this amount for the great work they do.”
She was thrilled with the backing received during the run itself, but admitted it is not a challenge she would have relished facing alone.
Alice said: “Even running through the town, there were people giving encouragement and we had a couple of friends who cycled next to us or said ‘hi’, so it was really nice to have that support.
“We also both said to each other that we were so glad we did it together because we wouldn’t have been able to do it by ourselves. We just needed each other to say ‘come on, keep going’ and having someone running next to you really helps, especially when you’re feeling sore and tired.”
In an effort to ensure more unbroken time for rest and refuelling, they covered two miles at a time in the middle of any given two-hour period.
Alice said: “We had to do a couple of walks when we got a bit sore, but we ran most of the time. It was quite challenging as we got into the evening, having started off at way too quick a pace at 10am.
“I found it quite hard by that time because my hips had cramped up, so running was the last thing I wanted to do. At the same time I found there was something quite exhilarating about running in the evening and the adrenaline you get from it, especially when you’re doing a challenge like this.
“It was so nice to have both of our families there at the end and it was an amazing feeling to think we had just spent 24 hours running 24 miles!”
To donate to Alice’s appeal, click here.