A two-mile run to raise funds for charity has become so much part of the daily routine for Catherine Donner, that she’s turning down a last-day-of-holidays trip to the beach today (Tuesday 11 August) to make sure she can run.
Eleven-year-old Catherine has less than nine miles to go on her 100-mile challenge, after 43 consecutive days of running every day round her home in North Dell and on trips into Stornoway.
Catherine posted in her regular social media update yesterday, where she said: “Only one week to go till I finish this challenge. I’m both happy and sad that it’s coming to an end.
“Today (Monday) I ran the cliff route with William. Me and my Dad were going to run at Eoropie playpark, but my Dad had some kind of Zoom meeting with the running club, so we didn’t do that.
“It was a nice evening and I was tired from another afternoon on the beach, this time with my family. My Mum and Dad say we are going to the beach again tomorrow for the last day of the tomorrow, but I don’t want to go again.”
Catherine’s effort over the whole period of lockdown has not been in vain. After naming the two local groups she wanted to support, donations came flooding in to her fundraising page at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/catherine-donner
The result is that she’s more than doubled her initial target of £500, with £1,043 so far raised to help put a new roof on the Ness community centre, Sporsnis, and to help look after cats rescued by Western Isles Support for Cats and Kittens (WISCK).
Even once she’s back at school, Catherine will still continue her daily run with the help of her parents Kevin and Gemma and brothers William and Benji, as well as the family dog, Cuilean.
And while enjoying the views and the company of her family along the way, Catherine has never lost sight of her main purpose. She said yesterday: “I have raised over £1000. Thank you for everyone who has donated and supported me.”
Pictures show Catherine during and after her daily runs, with her dog Cuilean.