Lutterworth woman can’t stop running for charities

Karen Stanhope before her charity run around Lutterworth in aid of the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust
Karen Stanhope before her charity run around Lutterworth in aid of the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust

Superfit Karen Stanhope can’t seem to stop running for charity.

The Lutterworth woman estimates she has taken part in about 70 runs over 14 years, raising thousands of pounds for various good causes.

Some of her runs are in official races while others are just solo efforts.

But the mother of three grown up children – she won’t give her age – is clearly doing something right. And she has no plans to stop pounding the streets in her pink trainers any time soon.

“If someone mentions a charity, I look it up on the internet and if it’s a good cause I’ll run for them,” said Karen.

Her latest 10km run around the Lutterworth and Bitteswell area was inspired by a work colleague from Asda at Magna Park.

Linda Anstee, who lives in Market Harborough, mentioned to Karen that her family had a “rogue gene” that caused Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS).

A relative, Joe Humphries, had died aged 14 from SADS, and the whole extended family were now being tested to see if they had inherited the problem, Mrs Anstee said.

Karen looked up the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust and saw it was a very worthwhile cause and fetched out the pink trainers.

She completed her latest run in 15 minutes 40 seconds, and hopes to have raised more than £250.

“I thoroughly enjoy the running and doing it for different charities makes it even better,” said Karen. “I just try not to exhaust people I know with all the fundraising!”