A former head girl at Rydal Penrhos will be embarking on a gruelling trifecta of events in aid of charity.
Heidi Nash-Smith, who attended Penrhos College from 1992-99, will be testing her limits in three difficult challenges to raise funds for So We Can, who work with communities and their governments in Kenya and Tanzania to educate and empower, so they can break the poverty cycle, realise their own potential and meet their own needs.
She will begin by running the Maasai Mara Half Marathon on August 20, before embarking on a five-day trek up Mount Kenya, which is Africa’s second highest peak at 5,199 metres.
The final event will see Heidi take part in the Coastal Classic in Australia, where she now resides, which will see her run Sydney’s south coast from Otford to Bundeena, a distance of 29km, on September 3.
The former pupil and Stoke-on-Trent native, who has set a target of $5,000, said: “I love to run and I have had the opportunity to run in some interesting and challenging races.
“Because of that, I realise that it's not enough for me to say that I’m going to run a half marathon in Kenya and to seek support.
“I want to know that I am pushing myself, feeling some pain and really earning donations. That’s why I’ve come up with the idea of a trifecta of events in a two week period.”
This is the latest in a long line of charity exertions for the former Law student at Oxford University, which saw her complete the New York Marathon in 2013 and raised almost £7,000 for The Heart Foundation.
Anyone wishing to donate can do so by visiting this link: https://give.everydayhero.com/au/heidi-s-masai-mara-marathon-effort