Tara Twyman, a 33 year old Uckfield mum, is preparing to run eight marathons in eight days across the South East to raise money for a charity running pioneering educational projects in India.
Tara has run several marathons before but never in such close succession.
The challenge will see her complete 201 miles, about the distance from London to Manchester. It kicks off with the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 26, followed by six self-organised marathons in Kent and Sussex.
The final is an ‘ultramarathon;’ the Three Forest Challenge at just over 27 miles. Members of online community Run Mummy Run will support her and double Olympic Gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes will meet her with cake at the finish line of marathon number two at her cafe in Hildenborough. Tara’s two year old son, Leo, will join her for the final laps of marathon number five on the 400m Lewes athletics track.
Tara is inspired by the work of Oxford graduate Lucy Guest, who gave up her City career to spend 15 years in India and set up the Yoga Mission, an educational charity funding projects run by the International Chandramauli Trust in Varanasi. Seeing children slipping through the state education system, she rented a room and started teaching children who had dropped out of school. This has grown into an international trust, a five floor school in Varanasi which has 150 children on its books including 29 residents.