Paul Youd, 82, runs 100km for food for animals

Over ten days from the 21-31 June, 82 year old Paul Youd intends to complete a 10km run every day to raise funds for the 200 residents of Dean Farm Trust animal sanctuary.
Paul took up running, from literally a standing start at the end of March, wanting to put the lockdown to good use and to come out of it with a new skill. “I wanted to challenge myself and do something to help the rescued animals at Dean Farm Trust. They do such amazing work to rescue animals in need and they are really struggling at the moment, with many of their funding sources affected by the Coronavirus. Running was something I could learn from the safety of my home. I measured out a 20yd track around my small back garden and began on the 30th of March, running four stints of a quarter of a mile each. One mile = 88 laps.” 
He took it steadily, building up to a 2 mile run. Twelve days into his training, and after just 17 days, he’d completed his first 5km run. By the 28th day, he had run three 5kms; at the end of the 6th week his best was 8000yds, 400 laps, or around 4.5 miles; and 11 days later, on the 22nd May, he did a run of 9000yds, 450 laps, or 5miles + 200yds. 
Feeling no ill-effects from his running - on the contrary, feeling as good as he’s ever done - Paul decided, on the strength of this, that he would be able to challenge himself to run 100km and raise £10 for every kilometre ran.
“Since I began running, just over 8 weeks ago, I’ve had no aches and pains - apart from a bit of stiffness if I sit too long. Whenever I’ve completed a run, I’ve always felt there was more in the tank - I’m pretty confident I can meet this challenge!”
Please support Paul and sponsor if you can – every penny will help the animals at Dean Farm Trust.
More information about Dean Farm Trust: Dean Farm Animal Sanctuary is a home for life to over 200 rescued animals living in 62 acres of pasture, woodland and paddocks in South Wales.


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Paul Youd 
Monkton Heathfield, South West England, United Kingdom
Dean Farm Trust 
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