Doncaster carer Vicky Hogg has run 60 miles in two days – now she’s got another 840 to do in a month

Doncaster carer Vicky Hogg has run more than 60 miles in just two days.

Thursday, 27th May 2021, 1:01 pm

But she’s not stopping there – now she’s getting on with another 840 over the next month!

Vicky, from Adwick, has just started on a giant sponsored run for a dementia charity, which will see her notch up a total of 906 miles from John O’Groats, in Scotland, to Lands End in Cornwall.

After setting off on Monday, she's made some inroads to the target – although she’s not even due to get out of Scotland until June 3!

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Vicky Hogg, second from left, with friends on the route in Scotland this week

Vicky, aged 35, originally from Thorne, works for Doncaster Council, for the authority's Steps enablement team. helping people who are leaving hospital to live independently at home.

As part of her work, she has a lot of contact with people who suffer from dementia, and that prompted her to decide to do something to raise money for Dementia UK, She has been sponsored by a running gear firm, 361° Europe.

She has also signed up a support team, made up of some of her closest pals. Carole Hall, from Snaith, Tara Fisher, from Adwick, and Nicola Carr and Julie Goodwin, both from Carcroft, are taking it in turns to drive a camper van in support. It means she always has somewhere she can sleep, although she says she will treat herself to the odd night in a hotel or hostel during her month-long expedition.

She said she has started off with some of the hardest sections of the run.

Vicky Hogg, at the start of her route in Scotland this week

She said: “The Scottish leg is tough, because it is so hilly – but the scenery is beautiful.

"I’ve been training in Doncaster since January, getting miles in my legs. Now I’m doing the safest route, avoiding busy roads, which is a bit longer than the shortest route you could do.”

Vicky does not regard herself as a runner. But she has in the past run the Edinburgh marathon, as well as a coast to coast run from Whitehaven to Sunderland.

"I just like being outdoors,” she said. “And it’s nice to use my hobby to help people.

"My family all think I'm crazy.”

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