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Fenland teen is on the run for charity sports project




A sporty teenager is aiming to run one mile every hour for 24 hours in aid of her local hockey and cricket clubs.

Alana Pritchard, 15, a pupil at Wisbech Grammar School, is planning her marathon effort for Monday February 15 and is raising money for the Crockey Project, being planned by Wisbech Cricket and Hockey Clubs.

The clubs unveiled ambitious £600,000 plans for a new pavilion and artificial pitch back in 2018 and set about raising at least £400,000 towards the cost.

Events have included popular colour runs and an innovative draw involving plastic eggs and a swimming pool among many others.

Alana Pritchard who is running 24 one mile runs in 24 hours. (44207643)
Alana Pritchard who is running 24 one mile runs in 24 hours. (44207643)

Now Alana, who has been a member of the hockey club for the past six years, is hoping to add to the total with her efforts.

She will be starting from her home in Newton in the Isle at 9am on February 15 and will run a total of 24 miles by 9am the following day.

But rather than running the 24 miles all in one go she will be running one mile each hour, which means she will be running for about 10 minutes hourly with a 50 minute break in between.

Alana, whose mum Sam has been a member of the hockey club since she was 13, had aimed to raise around £150 but she has already doubled that and she is hoping for even more donations as the big day gets closer.

Alana Pritchard is undertaking a running challenge to help Wisbech Hockey and Cricket Clubs achieve their ambitious redevelopment plans. (44212899)
Alana Pritchard is undertaking a running challenge to help Wisbech Hockey and Cricket Clubs achieve their ambitious redevelopment plans. (44212899)

She said: "I run quite regularly just to keep fit, but I have been sort of training by upping the number of miles and also trying to improve my speed.

"I have been really overwhelmed by the support I have had, I'm really grateful to everyone who has donated so far."

Alana admitted maybe the hardest part of the challenge will be keeping going during the middle of the night when she has to wait to complete her individual miles.

Alana Pritchard who is running 24 one mile runs in 24 hours. (44207642)
Alana Pritchard who is running 24 one mile runs in 24 hours. (44207642)

"I think there may be quite a few alarms being set," she said.

Alana can be sponsored via her Justgiving page - simply search for Wisbech Hockey and Cricket Clubs.

Meanwhile the clubs have had an incredible offer from an anonymous donor, who previously pledged £100,000 to the Crockey Project. They have not only agreed that cash can be used for the artificial pitch because of concerns over its condition, but has also made another generous promise.

Alana Pritchard who is running 24 one mile runs in 24 hours. (44207635)
Alana Pritchard who is running 24 one mile runs in 24 hours. (44207635)

They have pledged that for every £2 raised by the clubs for the rebuilding of the pavilion they contribute £1 up to a maximum of £250,000. That means if the clubs can raise £500,000 there will be £750,000 in the pot - enough to complete the whole project - now they are organising as many fundraising schemes as possible to take advantage.



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