Bingley Harriers lend a hand as record attempt woman tackling 53 marathons in 53 days arrives in Bradford city centre

Amy Hughes, who is attempting to run 53 marathons in 53 days, seen here in Bradford city centre

Amy Hughes, who is attempting to run 53 marathons in 53 days, seen here in Bradford city centre

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BRADFORD has played a part in a marathon runner's attempt to break a world record while raising money for a charity which helps children affected by brain tumours.

Sports therapist Amy Hughes arrived in the city for the latest 26 miles in her attempt to run 53 marathons in 53 consecutive days, a feat which will earn her a place in a Guinness Book of Records if she completes it.

Her second challenge is to earn £53,000 in donations through the course of the attempt, to help the Isabelle Lottie Foundation which was set up earlier this year to help children diagnosed with brain tumours and their families.

She is travelling between cities and running a marathon route in each, with the Bingley Harriers running club stepping in to help in Bradford, with members devising a route which took in Keighley, Saltaire and Esholt before returning to the city centre.

Members also organised a relay, to run alongside her for sections of the route.

Amy, from Shropshire, said she finished the Bradford route in around five and a half hours: "It was one of the best routes I have had, really good, and one of the best groups to run with.

"It is the first time I have been to Bradford, we ran along the canal and it was really pretty," she said.

Harriers spokesman Phil Hawkswell said: "Amy didn't need any pushing at all, she has been fantastic. We tried to keep the course as flat as possible and to take in some of the sights."

Among the runners who accompanied Amy on the route was Tony Kingham, who coached the Brownlee brothers when they were in their early teens. He ran alongside for 16 miles.

The weather has been unkind to the record attempt, with rain every day so far, but Amy is determined that she will complete the full 53 marathons, even if it means walking.

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