Local nurse runs 100 miles in just under 23 hours for hospital charity

Julie Wragg completed the Robin Hood 100 on 11 September, becoming the second women to do so with an astonishing time of 22 hours and 50 minutes.

A registered nurse and Person Centred Care Practitioner at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, Julie has worked throughout the pandemic, and wanted to take part in the event, which is the equivalent of more than three marathons, to show that anything is possible even after COVID-19, as well as raise money for a good cause.

The Doncaster resident and mum of three is a fairly recent convert to running, having picked up the hobby following the completion of a ‘Couch to 5k’ challenge in 2017.

Julie picks up the story: “After I managed to complete Couch to 5K, I decided to challenge myself further, and run every single day for an entire year. I joined a running group called ‘Get Fit Run’ in Worksop, which is full of friendly people all abilities and who support one another. I run three to five times a week and for Robin Hood event, I was doing triple-run training, 15 miles in a morning, 15 miles in an evening and 15 miles the next morning – it was tough but I fuel my runs with tomato ketchup sandwiches. My lovely friend Jo is vegan and is currently battling cancer so I decided to fuel the run with vegan products in her honour!”

“We’re always coming up with challenges and look to get involved in local activities, and one of the group who has survived breast cancer has already come up with our next event which is to run Hadrian’s wall in four days to raise money for Aurora Centre. Due to COVID-19 it has been delayed until next year but we’re now looking forward to ‘Run the Wall’ in 2022.

A well-known face to many within Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals, Julie became a nurse following qualification at Sheffield Hallam University in 2012, following a childhood dream she had harboured since the age of nine.

Julie said: “I have always wanted to be a nurse since I was young but was too short so became a teacher instead. It was something I always wanted to do because I always loved helping people and looking after my Nana. As soon as they got rid of the height restriction, I’m only 4 foot 8, I trained at Sheffield and qualified in 2012, joining the Trust then. I started in stroke, became sister on mallard in 2017 and then person centred care practitioner in 2019.”

So far, Julie has already raised £300 and is hoping to collect more in support of Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals Charity, as well as Run the Wall for the Aurora Centre, as part of a bid to raise £50,000.

You can support Julie by heading to: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/julie-wragg5

If you would like to get involved in fundraising for our hospitals, or would like to know more about support and sponsorship please contact the Communications Team on Tel: 01302 644244, email: mailto:DBTH.Charity@nhs.net or head to http://www.dbth.nhs.uk/charity.