KIRSTY Bishop is to take on a charity challenge of a lifetime by competing in both the Hastings Half-Marathon, and Tough Mudder, an SAS designed obstacle course, next year.
Kirsty, 23, a former pupil of The Grove, who now works as a deputy residential care manager in Croydon, is raising money for the National Autistic Society (NAS).
She will be taking part in both events next year and has been in training since March.
She believes that people with autism need to be protected from becoming a silent minority, and said: “Taking part in these events for the NAS is a huge personal goal and my way of helping more than half a million people in the UK with autism.
“ When my training is at its most gruelling I am spurred on by the knowledge that my efforts are helping individuals with autism, which is a serious life-long and disabling condition.”
The Hastings Half-Marathon will take place on March 24, and Tough Mudder on June 9, near Brighton.
Kirsty said: “I have been saying I will do the Hastings Half for about 10 years.”
Tough Mudder is a half-marathon length obstacle course designed by Special Forces to test strength, stamina, determination, and camaraderie to the limit.
Kirsty said: “It is basically for people who are insane!”
Mud, ice, fire, and electric shocks are on the menu, though the exact details of the course are kept a closely guarded secret until much nearer to the time.
Kirsty has set herself a fundraising target of £2,000. To support her in her efforts to raise money for NAS visit www.justgiving.com/kirstybishop2013.