Colchester mum raises £35,000 for charity

Essex County Standard: Zoe McBeth Zoe McBeth

SUPERFIT fundraiser Zoe McBeth has raised more than £35,000 in nine years by continually pushing her body to the limit – even though she hated her first challenge.

She took part in the Moonwalk, a night time marathon walk around London, in 2004 but didn’t enjoy it at all.

She said: “I hated it and never thought I would do it again, but then signed up for it the following year and loved it.”

Over the years her challenges continued and in 2011, Zoe decided to walk 1,000 miles throughout the year.

She completed the London and Brighton marathons and raised more than £5,000 for the Walk the Walk charity.

The group gives money to a various causes, including Breakthrough Breast Cancer. The following year, Zoe upped the ante and challenged herself to complete 2,012 miles in 2012.

This time, she added swimming and cycling to her walking and running and took part in triathlons for the first time, including an ultra triathlon when she completed the Moon Walk twice – a total of 52.4 miles.

Zoe, 40, who teaches PE at Littlegarth School, in Nayland, said: “At the end I collapsed.

My blood sugar levels had dropped so low after 12 hours of walking.”

Zoe also carried the Olympic torch in 2012 and her fundraising total for the year topped £5,000. She has also pushed herself to complete more challenges this year.

She said: “I am doing one of every distance in running and triathlon from 5k up to an ultra marathon and walking 100km.”

An iron man challenge saw Zoe swim 2.4 miles in open water, cycle 112 miles and then complete a marathon, all in one day. She said: “It was on the hottest day of the year, the day of the Wimbledon final.

It was so hard, it really was epic.

“You are only allowed 17 hours to do it and I was pleased I managed to do it in the time.”

So far this year Zoe, of Morant Road, Colchester, has helped to raise more than £11,000, but she is not stopping there.

The mum-of-two is now joining forces with a group of friends to make up the Ultra Crazy Challengers to complete an alphabet of challenges.

Zoe said: “Between us, we will complete challenges from every letter of the alphabet.

For example I am doing the Brighton Marathon for the B and the London Marathon for the L.

“I wouldn’t say I am a great runner, but I enjoyed going out and having a little jog and the more you train, the easier it gets.

“Since I started doing all the fundraising I have got to know people who have been diagnosed with cancer. A friend of mine was 33 and pregnant with her fourth child when she was diagnosed but she is fine now.”

To find out about the group’s efforts or to make a donation,

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