A RUNNER from Caversham is pushing herself to the limit by taking on a 100km Ultra Marathon later this month.

Kat Chapman, 32, who lives in The Warren, has challenged herself to complete the epic 62-mile Richmond to Brighton event on May 26 after completing numerous half marathons and the London Marathon.

The IT worker has raised around £4,000 for various charities over the years, but has decided to dedicate this challenge to the Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), setting herself a target of £1,000.

Kat said: "Training for 100km is a completely different beast, I have never been that tired, hungry, and grumpy, in my life. I am now running around 80km a week, as well as swimming 10km or so in the pool.

"I have always been aware of GOSH and read a lot about the work that they do. A few years ago, a friend of mine has lost her teenage daughter to cancer; not without a big fight, and the family did a great job of fundraising for her treatment. The girl’s wish was that after she passed away we continue fundraising for the charities of her choice.

"GOSH was one of those charities. It is amazing that since I have started fundraising almost everyone I spoke to has a personal story to tell."

Kat has a 10-year-old daughter, Masha, who is literally following in her footsteps.

Kat said: "Masha started running at the age of six, and has already completed three 5km races and multiple 2.5km runs, she has a medal collection to rival mine.

"I will try to complete the challenge in one day, starting at 6.30am. I have friends who will be waiting down in Brighton so I'm hoping to join them for dinner. My dream goal is 12 hours, but I will be happy with 14. It is all about completing it."

To sponsor Kat, visit https://bit.ly/2HFTXzs.