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Emma Timmis plans marathon charity run in South Africa

Emma Timmis
Image caption All the money raised will go towards the wildlife centre's equipment fund

An RSPCA inspector is planning to run the equivalent of almost 60 back-to-back marathons across South Africa to raise money for a wildlife hospital.

Emma Timmis, from Sandbach, Cheshire, hopes to raise at least £15,000 for the RSPCA's Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre in Nantwich.

"I've always wanted to do something big for charity," said Ms Timmis.

The 27-year-old will start the 1,5000 mile run between Durban and Cape Town in October.

Emma only just completed her training to become a fully-fledged RSPCA inspector last week.

'Wildlife is forgotten'

She is planning to run 25 miles a day for 60 days and aims to run for six hours a day, spending each night in a tent.

Accompanied by her brother, who will cycle the route, Emma said: "I'll be running a route known as the Freedom Trail, more commonly used by mountain bikers.

"It's quite a mountainous route, and I'll be running on tracks and trails.

"I believe only one other person has ever completed this challenge and if I manage it I will be the first woman ever to have done it.

"It's just a bit of an adventure. I'm really passionate about running - I've been running all my life.

"A lot of people donate money to dogs and cats because they have them at home but I think that wildlife is often forgotten."

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