I have never really done much for charity so it feels really good to be doing the Big Red Run
Running a 250 kilometre ultra marathon isn’t how most people would take their first step into the charity world – but Taylor-Jane Pridmore loves a challenge.
The 22-year-old from Kellyville said she jumped at the opportunity to test her mental and physical stamina by signing up for the six-day Big Red Run race.
“I’ve always played sport and gone to the gym,” Ms Pridmore said. “It’s always been a huge part of my life.
“My sister [Australian Schoolgirl’s captain Erin Pridmore] plays heaps of sport and my parents love sport so we’ve always tried everything.”
The young athlete said she discovered the Big Red Run through competing in a number of the Sydney Trail Series.
“My Dad started doing them and he told me that he thought I would like them so I tried it and I was hooked,” she said. “And it is organised by the same people who do the Big Red Run.”
The annual race raises awareness and funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation by challenging competitors to run 250 kilometres through the Simpson Desert in just six days.
But Ms Pridmore isn’t daunted by the challenge.
“I went to the information night in September and I immediately decided that I really wanted to do it,” Ms Pridmore said.
“I did get really nervous about two months after I signed up because I hadn’t really been training and eating whatever I wanted. But I signed up to Up Coaching about a month ago and I have already hit two personal bests.”
The former William Clarke College student is aiming to raise $1200 for the foundation and has raised $540 already.
“This is my first thing in the charity world,” she said. “I have never really done much for charity so it feels really good to be doing the Big Red Run.
”You have to raise $1000 to compete so knowing that the money I am raising is going directly to these people is great.”
The Big Red Run will begin on June 24 and finish on June 29 at the Birdsville Pub, Queensland.