A KIND-hearted hairdresser is limbering up to run her fourth Malvern Hills Ultra Marathon.

Miss Dayne, who is in her 50s and lives in Overbury, is well-known in the village and is regular seen walking her dogs, riding her horse and styling many of the local residents.

Supported by Overbury Estate where she is a tennant, Miss Dayne is running 52 miles along the Malvern Hills on Saturday, May 3.

People can choose to run different differences from eight up to 52 miles in the race, which is a test of endurance as well as navigational skill.

Miss Dayne has been building up the mileage since October by running 200 miles a month on and around the Malvern Hills and Bredon Hill.

"It's a very nice run, very scenic," she said. "It's hard but it's lovely. I'm looking forward to it. It's a run I enjoy every year and the people I run with are really nice, you meet all sorts.

"Last year I did it in 11 hours 28 minutes, hopefully I'm trying to take a little bit of time off. "

This year, Miss Dayne is raising money for Maggies Cancer Caring Centre, in Cheltenham, which offers free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their families and friends.

And so far her efforts have raised nearly £1,000 but she is hoping to raise about £2,000 for the charity which is supported by Overbury Estate owner Penelope Bossom.

"In my industry I meet an awful lot of people who have chemotherapy," said Miss Dayne. "Maggies is a very positive place to be in a very negative situation.

"It's all I can do for people with cancer and there's so many that have it."

A training run or walk is taking place on Sunday, April 27 at 10.30am from The Yew Tree Pub, in Conderton, to Sundial Barn on the Overbury Estate.

Entrants can take part in one of two routes and refreshments will be available at Sundial Barn.

To sponsor Miss Dayne, visit mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/judedayne or to follow her progress on the blog, visit overburyestate.co.uk.