Knitting a marathon – literally!
Friday, April 12, 2013
The 'Extreme Knitting Redhead' will be knitting her way around the London Marathon to raise funds for Alzheimer's Research UK.
Our magazine designer, Claire, is running the Brighton Marathon this Sunday, her second after last year's London Marathon, but even she is impressed at World Record holder Susie Hewer aka Extreme Knitting Redhead's talents.
Susie will be running the Brighton Marathon this Sunday as a warm up for the London Marathon on the 21st, all the while knitting as she runs. Yes. knitting AS she runs.
Susie will complete her 31st marathon when she takes part in the London Marathon to boost funds for Alzheimer's Research UK, and aims to beat her own Guinness World Record for knitting the longest scarf while running a marathon. If you were wondering how the idea of knitting whilst running came about, back in 2007 as Susie was preparing to run a marathon to 'celebrate' her 50th birthday and considering a silly outfit to help raise funds, one of her friends told her she should act her age and stay home with her knitting. Not likely. Originally she had thought to take her knitting to do when stopped and talking to crowds but when the Guinness World Records heard about the idea, they got in touch and asked her to try for the world record of the longest scarf knitted while running a marathon.
Since then Susie has had two Guiness World Records at the London Marathon - in 2008 she knitted the longest scarf while running a marathon and in 2010 gained the World Record for stitching the longest crochet chain, to date raising nearly £25,000 for Alzheimer's Research UK. Can Susie beat her own record? She sounds positive: "I'll have neck ache by the end of it, looking down to ensure I don't drop any stitches, but it will be worth it to help Alzheimer's Research UK progress with its ground breaking research."
To help Susie raise money for Alzheimer's Research UK's pioneering dementia research you can donate online at virginmoneygiving.com/extremeknittingredhead.