10 marathons in 10 days
Alumna Ellan Iaquaniello has her sights set on an endurance challenge that less than 100 people in the world have completed, as she attempts 10 marathons in 10 days.
Ellan has been selected as one of only 15 athletes nationally to take on the Brathay 10 in 10.
Starting from May 9th every day, over 10 consecutive days, Ellan will run the Brathay Windermere Marathon, in the Lake District
A physical and mental challenge
It's a combination of both physical and mental endurance that, social science graduate, Ellan is taking on to raise money for the Brathay Trust.
She considers it,
an honour to be invited to be part of such an amazing journey for such a worthwhile charity, and has made a commitment to raise a minimum of £3000 to support their work.
About the charity
Brathay Trust help some of the most vulnerable, abused and disengaged to make a successful transition from adolescence to meaningful adult life.
Operating from inner city and rural locations across the UK, they currently work with over 6000 young people each year.
I would have loved to run around Holyrood Park and to even attempt up and down Arthur's Seat a few times!
Ellan is taking on the challenge as a way of giving something back and
to try to help others, who perhaps haven't been as fortunate as I was to study and pursue my education.
Despite the scale of the Brathay 10 in 10, Ellan is actually a relative newcomer to long distance running and endurance events having only taken up the sport four years ago.
I've always been interested in staying fit, even working part time at the Royal Terrace Hotel Gym whilst studying at Edinburgh University back in 1990. I think that if I had been into running whilst a student in Edinburgh, I would have loved to run around Holyrood Park and to even attempt up and down Arthur's Seat a few times!
Anything is possible
Since graduating in 1993 Ellan has run 29 marathons and over 50 half marathons, in between a career as Marketing Manager for Marks and Spencer Foods, then working for Kent Police, getting married and starting a family.
She hopes that,
by taking on this challenge I can show that anything really is possible, you just need a goal and lots of drive and determination.
You can support Ellan's challenge by visiting her online giving page.
You can give back too
One way that you can support the University is to fundraise to support vital research or disadvantaged students.
Whether you take on a physical challenge like Ellan, or turn your hobby into a fundraising event, we appreciate your time and can support you every step of the way.
Find out more by visiting our community fundraising pages on the website.
Find out more about community fundraising