It’s January 2021 and like millions of us, Evelyn Truter is trying to get through lockdown in the best way possible: on her feet –and moving forward.
“I didn’t realise how much I’d enjoy being up at dawn, hearing nature wake up and clearing my head before work,” Evelyn says, recalling the daily walks she took to stay active.
But within a few weeks, that daily walk had become a daily run. Three kilometres at first, then five.
“As I built up my distance I started to wonder – what could I really achieve with this?” she adds. Eight months later, and the answer was clear. Evelyn had completed a 52km run, raising £12,000 in the process for multiple sclerosis research at the University.
The idea for such a fundraising challenge came to Evelyn after she turned 52, the age at which her mum had sadly passed away with MS.
“I realised I could do a fundraiser, and Mum naturally came into my head,” Evelyn says. “So, I looked at MS causes, and saw that the University conducts research into the condition. My Mum came from a nursing background and lived for many years in the South West, so it seemed like the perfect fit.