Peddars Way fundraising run for Norwich’s Maddermarket Theatre

Rebecca Wass, general manager of Maddermarket Theatre in Norwich, who is running 48 miles along the

Rebecca Wass, general manager of Maddermarket Theatre in Norwich, who is running 48 miles along the Pedders Way. Picture: SENT IN BY REBECCA WASS - Credit: SENT IN BY REBECCA WASS

A theatre boss who suffers with chronic pain is taking on a major fundraising challenge.

Rebecca Wass, 36, general manager of Maddermarket Theatre in Norwich, will attempt to run 48 miles in 12 hours along Peddars Way this Saturday.

She will start at Knettishall Heath in Suffolk at 8am and wants to finish at Holme on the Norfolk coast 11-and-a-half hours later.

She is raising money for the Maddermarket Theatre on St John's Alley which needs thousands of pounds for repairs but does not get any government or arts council funding.

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.

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

Miss Wass said: 'I'm really nervous. I have never done anything like this before. The furthest I have run is 27 miles. I'm quite excited.

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'I never thought I would be doing something like this but it keeps me going.'

Despite finding running painful at times she enjoys doing it because it releases endorphins and keeps her physically stronger.

She has completed marathons in Edinburgh and Malaga, Spain, in 2015, Bungay last year as well as two back-to-back marathons late last year.

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

Speaking about why she is fundraising for the theatre, 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.

'The theatre holds a special place in the volunteers hearts and I know from talking to the actors, set painters and stewards that it is considered a second home.

'I wanted to try to find a way to help, not just from my role as general manager but also as someone who loves the theatre. So I decided to find the biggest challenge I could.'

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