Former pupil Yvie Johnson reaches Somerset on world record ultra-marathon attempt
13th April 2016

A former Rydal Penrhos pupil and has reached Somerset in her record breaking ultra-marathon attempt in aid of charity.

Yvie Johnson, mother of Year 8 pupil Sydney, is trying to be the first person to run from Land’s End to John O’Groats and back over a six week period, which would be a Guinness World Record.

The 35 year-old former police officer has set her sights on running 40 miles per day, which will amount to 1,680 in total, and she began her journey on Saturday, April 2.

Yvie has now made it Taunton and has set a target of £50,000 for mental health charities Bipolar UK, Mind, Scottish Association for Mental Health, Young Minds and Place2Be.

Kate Hutchins, who spent last weekend with Yvie during her trek, said: “I know she's had a few problems since leaving Cornwall with injury, but I've got no doubt she'll fight on. I don't think I saw her without a smile the whole time I was with her.

“I've never run more than six miles in one go, so to watch someone run 38 miles, seemingly quite casually (I'm sure it was a lot harder than she made it look), was pretty inspiring.

“I sincerely hope I can welcome her back to Cornwall in a few weeks’ time and see her to the end of her 1680 or so miles.”

To read more about Yvie’s challenge and the route she will be taking visit


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