Pudsey runner braves the arctic weather for charity

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AS the temperatures plummet for the second time in as many weeks Karen Thrippleton is braving the elements in a bid to smash her own New Year's resolution.

Not for her a quiet night in front of the telly, wrapping up Christmas presents and staying warm indoors.

Instead not a day passes she does not pull on her running shoes and some warm clothing.

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Despite the Arctic conditions and the threat of a lot worst to come Karen, from Pudsey, is braving the ice and the snow to run 2010 miles for 2010.

The 46-year-old is running at least nine miles a day until the end of the year to help raise money for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.

Karen only has just under 100 miles left to run even though she suffered a major setback half way through her challenge.

She said: "The hardest thing is the snow at the start of the year and the end of the year.

"I had to have my appendix out in the middle of it all too so that has not helped the cause really.

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"But I thought to myself that Jane Tomlinson would keep on going because she was so determined.

"I am hoping I can keep up as long as nothing else goes wrong."

Karen, who runs alongside member of local running club Pudsey Pacers, has also competed in the Loch Ness Marathon this year in her bid to raise 2,010 for the charity.

She can often be seen pacing the streets of Pudsey, Calverley, Farsley and Rodley to help raise as much money as she can.

And sometimes she is even accompanied by her border collie cross Olive.

Karen added: "It's nice to get out and see the changes in the seasons and it is the whole experience of running that I like.

"Even though it was snowing I still went out and got a few funny looks from passers-by.

"People were telling me that I must be mad because it is hard enough to walk in it never mind run in it.

"But it brings out the spirit in people."

So far Karen has managed to raise over 850 towards her target.

However, she has decided that she will look for a new challenge that doesn't involve running for her next New Year's resolution.

To sponsor Karen visit www.justgiving.com/karen-thrippleton.

Millennium Square and Leeds Civic Hall, Leeds City Centre.

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