Amy attempts 53 marathons in 53 days - day 13 - must be Wakefield

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A woman chasing a new world record by trying to run 53 marathons in 53 consecutive days passed through the streets of Wakefield today.

Amy Hughes is aiming to raise £53,000 for the Isabelle Lottie Foundation - a children’s brain tumour charity which supports children and their families after a diagnosis - as well as setting a new Guinness World Record.

Miss Hughes, a sports therapist from Shropshire, ran her 13th consecutive marathon through Wakefield as part of her challenge to run 53.

She said: “Wakefield is a nice city and it has been such a great atmosphere here.

“It was the toughest day yet for me today, my knees just gave up.

“I’ve been running marathons for seven years but I don’t think you can ever prepare yourself for 53 consecutive ones, but everyone has been really supportive.”

Her journey began in Chester on August 6 and Wakefield was city number 13 on her list of 53.

On Tuesday she will run through Leeds, Bradford and Sheffield with her small support team before leaving Yorkshire and heading south.

So far she has managed to raise £8,000.

Miss Hughes, 26, said: “I had only been to Yorkshire once before today and I think it is really nice here.

“I’m looking forward to going to Leeds tomorrow because I haven’t been there before.”

Miss Hughes is hoping to break current women’s world record of running consecutive marathons which stands at 17, and overtake the male record which currently stands at 52, by running 53 marathons through 53 cities in 53 consecutive days.

Her challenge is due to finish in Manchester on September 27.

For more on her challenge go to