“It was really tough but I really enjoyed it” - Arts enthusiast conquers 48-mile ultra marathon for Norwich’s Maddermarket Theatre fundraiser

Rebecca Wass, general manager of the Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Rebecca Wass, general manager of the Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

A theatre boss who suffers with chronic pain has raised hundreds of pounds for the arts hub after completing a gruelling 48-mile run.

Rebecca Wass ran 48 miles of the Pedders Way run on the 28/01/17 in one go to raise money for the Ma

Rebecca Wass ran 48 miles of the Pedders Way run on the 28/01/17 in one go to raise money for the Maddermarket Theatre in Norwich where she is general manager. Photo by Rebecca Wass - Credit: Rebecca Wass

Rebecca Wass, 36, of Gertrude Road in Norwich, completed the Peddars Way Ultra in 11 hours and 21 minutes.

She took part in the challenge which started yesterday at Knettishall Heath in Suffolk at 8am and finished at Holme on the Norfolk coast at 7.20pm on the same day.

Competitors had to finish the run along the rural trail in under 12 hours and out of the 129 people who started it, 110 completed it, including Miss Wass.

She ran the ultra marathon to raise money for the Maddermarket Theatre on St John's Alley, Norwich, where she works.


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The venue needs thousands of pounds for repairs but does not get any government or arts council funding.

Her fundraising target is £750 and so far she has raised £700.

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The 48-mile challenge is the furthest Miss Wass has ever run in one go and is an even greater challenge because she suffers with fibromyalgia which causes painful joints and extreme tiredness.

She was diagnosed aged 17 and eight years ago was bedridden because of the condition.

She said: 'It was really tough but I really enjoyed it. The last 10 miles were pretty horrific. At the end I burst into tears.'

Despite finding running painful, she enjoys it because it keeps her physically strong.

Miss Wass added: 'Three years ago I had learned how to run 3K. I would not have believed it if someone told me at the time I would be able to run an ultra marathon.'

Over the past two years she has completed marathons in Edinburgh, Spain and Bungay, as well as two back-to-back Cheshire marathons.

The theatre manager is also a member of the Bungay Black Dog Running Club and Tri-Anglia club.

Speaking about her fundraising drive, Miss Wass said: 'We are in need of vital funds to repair the building, with a quote of over £50,000 just for the toilets alone I knew I had to do something.'

To donate visit www.everyclick.com/maddersontherun

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