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Glossop woman aiming to cover more than 1000 miles to commemorate iconic ‘sled dog’ race

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A woman from Glossop is putting her best foot forward to cover over 1000 miles, and raise money for a nationwide charity that takes care of unwanted and stray dogs.

Lucy Oke wants to pay homage to the famous Iditarod Trail Race, an annual competition in Alaska that sees Huskies pulling their ‘musher’ (human) through the snow on a sleigh, for 1049 miles. 

The 34-year-old is raising money for national charity Saints Sled Dog Rescue (SSDR) which looks to foster and re-home Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes. 

Lucy and her husband Gary have adopted and fostered many dogs through the voluntary-run charity.

She’s set to run, cycle and use gym equipment like the cross-trainer to take on the mammoth challenge – culminating in running the London Marathon in April. 

Lucy Oke

Lucy said: “I am feeling very nervous but also incredibly excited for this huge test of my endurance, capability and determination. I’ll be taking on running races, bike rides and using the cross-trainer to complete the mileage – but I won’t be including my everyday dog walks in the total, as that’d be cheating! 

“I’m hoping to raise £1,049 to make a pound a mile, but I’d be happy to raise as much as possible for this amazing charity. It’s made up of a network of volunteers who work around the clock to re-home and help sled dogs.”  

Heather Saville, founder of the charity, added: “I set up Saints Sled Dog Rescue after working in animal welfare for a few years knowing that so many of the Northern Breed needed our help. As well as re-homing and fostering, we support owners with help and advice, and carry out educational visits across the country, including working and handling demonstrations.”

To find out more about the charity visit: www.saintssleddogrescue.co.uk 

To sponsor Lucy on her incredible challenge visit: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/lucy-iditarod