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Wrexham priest aiming to run the year

A newly ordained priest in Wrexham is aiming to run 2,018 miles in 2018.

The Revd Rebecca Sparey-Taylor who is a curate in the Wrexham Mission Area is more than half way through “running the year” to raise money for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.  Rebecca’s son, Finnbar, was hit by a lorry while walking home from school, two years ago, and required extensive surgery and periods as an in-patient in the Liverpool hospital.

Rebecca told her story in the bi-monthly magazine for the Diocese of St Asaph, Teulu Asaph.  She said: “We went from being an active family, to being housebound for a year during his long recovery.

“During this time my husband and I challenged him that for every pound he raised for Alder Hey, we would walk, run or cycle a mile. He managed to raise about £3,000 and with so many miles to cover we tended to stick to our bikes, cycling round Cornwall, or doing 50-mile Sportives.”

Last year, after Rebecca was ordained as a deacon, the first stage of becoming a priest, she decided to ditch her car completely.  By the end of the year, she realised she was walking or running over 150 miles a month.

Rebecca added: “I decided I’d sign up for the ‘Run the Year Challenge’ to cover 2018 miles in the year. This equates to 5.5 miles a day, which fortunately can be run or walked.

“Doing all my visiting by foot means that I meet people to chat with along the way and I can pray for the area and the people I am on the way to meet.”

By the end of June, half way through the year, Rebecca was already slightly ahead of schedule, having already covered more than half of the miles and as of 23 July, she’d run 1,234 miles.

Teulu Asaph is produced by the Diocese of St Asaph and circulated to more than 6,000 people across north east and mid Wales.  The Diocese of St Asaph is part of the Church in Wales, an independent Province within the worldwide Anglican Communion of Churches.  The diocese is a community of 228 churches covering the counties of Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Wrexham and parts of Gwynedd and Powys.  It looks after 51 schools, including one shared faith secondary school.