A WARWICK University medical student who only started running six months ago is preparing to tackle this year’s London Marathon.
Rekha Miraskar, a second year PhD student at the university, only began running last year having never run before – her first 2km run taking more than 40 minutes to complete.
But the 33-year-old, originally from India, has come a long way and is determined to complete the grueling 26 mile course around the capital in aid of charity Action Medical Research.
“I had never really exercised until last year,” Rekha told the Observer.
“I really enjoyed food, but one day it got to the point that I decided I had to think about my health and do something about it.
“I joined the gym last year and met some people who suggested we do the Park Run at War Memorial Park.
“It took me 40 minutes to do 2km, but it gave me a feel-good feeling and I started running every day.”
Since then, by squeezing in training sessions alongside her studies, she has run five half-marathons.
But it is not just studying and running that is taking up her time.
Over the last two months Rekha has baked more than 40kg of cakes for two fundraising bake sales, which raised £1,170 towards her fundraising target.
She said: “It takes a surprising amount of time to plan and bake that many cakes.
“But I want to raise as much money as I can for Action Medical Research, so it is all worth it.”
Action Medical Research funds vital research that helps to improve the lives of thousands of babies and children who are suffering from diseases and disabilities – including meningitis and preeclampsia.
Visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/miraskar to donate.