CRAZY, brave and stupid are just some of the names Observer reporter Laura Maltby has been called since deciding to take part in the Wolf Run.
The Warwick University languages graduate and friend Emma Morphy have signed up for the muddy challenge near Rugby, which sees participants run through woods, clamber over obstacles and even swim through lakes as part of a 10km route.
Laura will be running in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, whose nurses helped family friend Paddy Cronin as he battled cancer of the oesophagus.
Back in 2011 she tackled the BUPA Birmingham Half Marathon in memory of Paddy and despite undergoing two major knee operations since, the sports nut will be lacing up her trainers once more this Sunday (June 15).
And while the 27-year-old admits she has had doubts about the task facing her, she insists it will all be worth it in the end.
She said: “Since my operations I have slowly been getting back into playing the sports I love so when Emma suggested doing the Wolf Run I thought it would be a great idea.
“Although it will be physically challenging for me to complete, the pain is nothing compared to what those suffering from cancer go through on a daily basis.
“Macmillan is one of many groups who try and make the pain easier to bear and that is what will keep me going when I’m struggling.
“Paddy was a brilliant man and through the help of the Macmillan nurses he was able to live out his final days in dignity. If I can help another family get support in the same way then the pain will be a small price to pay.”
Visit www.justgiving.com/LauraMaltby to donate.