Anne-Marie reaches renowned north Welsh landmark as part of her
epic running challenge around Wales
The athlete who has set her sights on becoming
the first person to officially run the entire length of the Wales
Coast Path in aid of charity is due to arrive at the Menai
Suspension Bridge in the next few days.
Anne-Marie ‘Arry’ Beresford Webb, photo ©CCW
She will cross the bridge on Wednesday 18th April and Monday
23rd April, as she runs the Anglesey coast stretch of her mammoth
The Wales Coast Path will run from the Welsh border, in the
North, to Chepstow, in the South. Once opened, it will become the
World’s first continuous coastal path around a country.
Anne-Marie ‘Arry’ Beresford Webb is undertaking a 1027-mile
challenge around the perimeter of Wales, which will take her along
the entire 870-mile Wales Coast Path as well as the Offa’s Dyke
Path National Trail to return to her starting point of Cardiff Bay
in time for the official launch of the Wales Coast Path on May
Since setting out from Cardiff Bay on Saturday 24th March, Arry
has so far run nearly 600 miles – the equivalent of nearly 23
marathons. She has been joined on her run by many friends and
supporters, taking in some of Wales’ most breathtaking scenery
along the way.
She will be running across the iconic Menai Suspension Bridge
between 11.00am and 3.00pm on 18th April and again on 23rd April.
Local residents and passers-by are being asked to join in with
Arry’s colleagues from the Countryside Council for Wales to support
her on both days.
After completing her circuit of Anglesey, Arry will follow the
North Wales coast to the border near Chester, before turning inland
on her journey back south via the Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail.
She will link back up with the Wales Cost Path at Chepstow,
completing her feat by running across the South East coastline.
When she returns to her starting point 42 days later, Arry will
have completed the equivalent of 39 marathons in aid of the
Velindre Cancer Centre Stepping Stones Appeal and the Gozo CCU
Foundation. For more details visit www.dragonrun1027.co.uk or
follow her on Twitter @dragonrun1027.
Arry is under no illusions of the size of the task she is
undertaking, but she is looking forward to continuing her
exploration of the Welsh coast:
“This challenge is giving me an opportunity that not many will
get in a lifetime, and that is to see the whole of the beautiful
coastline of my home country,” she said.
“The Wales Coast Path will put Wales firmly on the international
map and will hopefully encourage people to get outdoors and
experience the beauty of Wales on the World’s first national coast
“Completing this task on May 5th will be a test of extreme
physical and mental endurance and at the end of the day it's going
to be sheer grit and determination that will get me to the
“Both charities are very close to my heart and I'm determined to
raise £25,000 for them and raise the awareness of the incredible
work that they do.”
Her return, timed for the launch, will also see her hand over a
symbolic baton to Dave Quarrell who will set out on his own charity
adventure on the same day.
Dave will be walking the Wales Coast Path as part of his efforts
to circumnavigate Wales on foot in memory of his late father who
was involved in delivering the Wales Coast Path concept in its
early days. Dave will be raising money for Cancer Research Wales -
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NOTES TO EDITORS
- The 870 mile (1400km) Wales Coast Path, opening on 5 May 2012,
will run from the outskirts of Chester in the north to Chepstow in
- Creation of the Path is a key Welsh Government commitment -
which aims to bring economic benefit to coastal areas and encourage
active lifestyles. The Path has something to offer everyone - from
those looking for a short stroll to those undertaking the whole
route in one trip, and it provides access to numerous leisure
- The route will be subject to further improvements, in terms of
alignment, infrastructure and information, beyond the opening
- Delivery of the project is co-ordinated by the Countryside
Council for Wales and delivered on the ground by the local
authorities through which it passes. Funding is coming from the
European Union (approx £4 million in total), Welsh Government
(approx £2 million per year) and the local authorities.