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Siblings’ coast challenge

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: September 08, 2013

Georgia and Giles Rought Whitta get in some training for their big challenge

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A BROTHER and sister are attempting to run the equivalent of seven marathons in seven days to raise money for diabetes.

Georgia Rought Whitta, 20, and her brother Giles, 21, who live in Waterhouses, are to run the route of Wainwrights coast to coast walk which goes from the Lake district at St Bees in Cumbria to Robin Hood's Bay in North Yorkshire.

The former Denstone College students will start the 200 mile hike on Sunday September 8 and hope to complete it over a seven a day period.

All the money raised will go to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) which funds research to cure, prevent and treat type 1 diabetes.

They are the world's leading charitable funder of this research and help improve the lives of people with type 1 diabetes before ultimately finding a cure.

Georgia said: "Type 1 diabetes runs in our family and supporting JDRF is something we really want to do and any support would be very much appreciated.

"One of our cousins has it and also our grandfather suffered from it. We decided at Christmas we wanted to do something to raise money for this excellent cause."

Georgia, who starts her third year at Oxford University in October studying chemistry and Giles, who starts his fourth year at Cambridge studying material science, have been training around the Roaches near Leek ready for their endurance event.

Both have also kept up their fitness by playing rugby for their relevant universities.Giles said: "We are both looking forward to the challenge. We are a little apprehensive, but it will be an adventure.

"Family and friends have been very supportive. They are taking us to the start and picking us up at the end of the run.

"We will be carrying all our own food and kit and staying in camping barns along the way - not sure we could actually run if we had to take a tent as well!

"However we have an aunty who lives near the start at St Bees and another aunty who lives close the end of the route at Robin's Hoods Bay, so we intend to stay at each house before and after the challenge."

Georgia and Giles have already raised £3,000 with sponsorship from family and friends.

Anyone wishing to donate to Georgia and Giles effort to raise more money for diabetes is asked to visit their just giving web page on www.justgiving.com/gilesan d g e o r g i a - run7marathonsin7days

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