Bradford City WFC full-back Ellie Prothero hasn’t let the third lockdown slow her down as she spent January and February raising money for Cancer Research UK through an ambitious running challenge.
The devastating impact of cancer is one that has hit Ellie and her family close to home twice in her life, as she said: “My dad lost his mum to cancer at the age of 11 so I sadly never got to meet my grandma. My current housemate’s mum got diagnosed with cancer over Christmas. I wanted to do something to keep the spirits high in the house for her and raise money for this amazing cause”.
As part of the fitness programme the City coaches set the players back in the first lockdown Ellie started running regularly but nowhere near the distance she targeted when she aimed to run 150 miles in 30 days, while raising £300 for charity.
Ellie’s challenge hit social media, and by the time she set off on her first run on January 11th she was already close to passing her initial goal, so set herself a new target of £2,500 by February 9th when the 30 days was up.
Ellie knew it was important to keep to a schedule, especially with work, training and university all demanding her time: “I have learnt to manage my time well. I made sure I had a good daily routine by getting up early and having a good sleeping pattern. I always run early in the morning to make sure I get it done before I start my day”.
Although Ellie completed her daily seven-mile runs alone, she always had plenty of backing: “My motivation stemmed from the support from family, friends, my workplace of Ashville Sports Centre and Bradford City. My housemates continued to support me as I managed to drag them out with me for the last 5K”.
On the day of her final run, Ellie broke the 150-mile mark, and also surpassed her £2,500 target. As it stands she is up to £2,630 and is thankful to every one of the 159 donors: “We are truly amazed by the love and support we have had from everyone around us and we couldn’t be more grateful to raise this money and awareness for this incredible charity that is close to all of our hearts”.
City manager Chris Hames was full of admiration for his young defender, he said: “What Ellie has achieved is beyond fantastic. To have such a dedication to not only meet a target, but smash it for such a worthy cause just goes to show the character she is.
“Her ability to do this doesn’t surprise me, but I love to see her continued achievement nonetheless. I know I speak for everyone at BCWFC when I share how proud we are of Ellie”.
You can still contribute via Ellie’s fundraising page - https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/elannas-giving-page-2
Not satisfied with completing 206 miles in 30 days, Ellie and her housemates are eyeing up a new test already, she said: When life begins to return back to normality, I would love to challenge myself to a charity marathon. As a house we are looking into new fundraising ideas due to the positive outcome this one has had”.