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Runner aims for record JOGLE3Peaks – and raises funds for Keep Me Breathing

Written by Fiona

May 23 2024

Nikki Love has set herself the huge challenge of running the length of mainland Great Britain and up and down three tallest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales. The 57-year-old ultra runner is hoping to set a new female Fastest Known Time for JOGLE3Peaks by running 35-plus miles per day from John o’ Groats to reach Land’s End, via the summits of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) within 30 days. She also hopes to raise more than £10,000 for the charity, Keep Me Breathing (KMB).

The JOGLE3Peaks challenge

Nikki , from Nottingham, sets off on July 9 in a bid for the FKT on the JOGLE3Peaks. On July 28, at the half-way point on Snowdon, people are invited to join Nikki.

She is a great supporter of children’s charities and met one of the founders of Keep me Breathing, which gave her the inspiration to raise funds and awareness through her latest challenge.

Who is Nikki Love?

Nikki is an adventure runner, author and speaker. Last year, she became the fastest women to run across Australia, from Perth to Sydney. The 4044km journey took 76 days, 3 hours and 43 minutes.

She has also run 63 marathons in 63 days through the UK, a 750-mile run around Ireland, a runcation through Malta and around Gozo, a jolly jaunt across the Netherlands and an extremely muddy and cow-pat laden run from top to bottom of Wales.
Driven by her curiosity to answer the question “I wonder if I can do that…” Nikki decided it was time to take her love for travel, marathon running and cross-country running to a new level. She is
now on a mission to run across, around, or through as many countries that her feet can take her, bringing as many people as she can along for the run.

What is Keep Me Breathing?

The charity was set up just last year with a single goal: To develop and bring to market the world’s first specific treatment, The Breathing Pacemaker, within five years. The device will treat children with a rare breathing condition known as CCHS (Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome).

This condition is caused by a faulty gene and children born with CCHS lose control of their most vital function – breathing.

Children – and those who survive to become adults – with CCHS cannot breathe without a ventilator when they fall asleep, and sometimes when they are awake. In addition, a trained nurse is required to monitor a child with CCHS every single night in the family home to ensure their ventilator does not disconnect or need adjusting.

If you need a push to donate to Nikki’s run for Keep Me Breathing, watch the video about Casper with parents James Oakley and Stephanie Roberts. They set up the charity after Casper was diagnosed with CCHS.

You can donate at JustGiving. Also find out more about Nikki Love.

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