A MUM will complete ten marathons in as many days.

Claire Harrison, from Lower Slaughter will attempt to run 262 miles in ten days at Windermere in the Lake District in what is billed as the UK's ultimate endurance running event.

The 40-year-old is aiming to raise £5,000 for the Brathay Trust which improves the life chances of children, young people and families.

Ms Harrison said: "I want to prove ordinary people can do extraordinary things.

"If you believe, you can achieve whatever your goal might be."

Besides being a mum-of-four and having three dogs, she is a practice manager for Stow Physio at Bourton-on-the-Water and has completed 14 marathons previously.

She was spurred on herself by meeting fellow Bourton roadrunner Steve Edwards, the first athlete in the world to run 500 marathons in an average of three hours and 30 minutes.

The Brathay Challenge came on her radar and she tried out the Windermere Marathon. "It was a really hot and slow marathon over all those hills, which ended tears of relief.

"But whilst there I was inspired by the people doing it over 10 days and were still giving."

She aims to do each marathon in under four hours but her biggest fear is not being able to manage her mission physically.

She added: "I do fear injury and failure. It would be so painful not to complete it and just go back to reality. It’s a bit selfish but I most look forward to 10 days of just running.

"That will be my job every day; to get up, look after myself and run 26 miles.

"One of the reasons I run is because home is quite hectic and it gives you ‘me’ time and you can clear the thoughts in your head.

"It gets me out in the country lanes and I see all that at different times of the day."

Ms Harrison is one of only 17 people in the country to be selected for the 10 in 10, after paying the entrance fee from her spinning class earnings.

To sponsor her, visit www.justgiving/claire-harrison30.