A newly qualified vet from Hertfordshire will be joining thousands of other runners in this year’s Brighton Marathon on behalf of WWF-UK.

Rebekah Weatherhead, 23, has taken part in several other long distance runs and is using an 18-week training plan to ensure she crosses the finish line in a good time for Team Panda.

Ms Weatherhead is passionate about animal welfare, and in 2003 she won the Center Parcs Young Environmentalists of the year award for a school project when she was just 13.

“Running a marathon is a challenge I have always wanted to take on and I decided I would use the 26.2 miles to raise money for WWF-UK,” she said.

WWF-UK’s work is so important in helping conserve our planet for future generations in many different ways.

“One area of particular interest is its work in helping to improve protection of the planet’s lakes, rivers and oceans and their inhabitants, as aquatic veterinary science and marine biology is one path I would like to pursue in the future.”

In an attempt to increase her fund-raising profile, Ms Weatherhead persuaded her local brownie unit to let her hold a cake sale at one of its meetings.

She will join a further 180 people running for the WWF-UK at the Brighton Marathon on April 6.

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