Maths student takes on 750 mile running challenge for charity

A mathematics student is taking on a demanding running challenge to raise money for charity.

Alasdair Woods, will be running to and from the University for the entire academic year in a dedicated effort to raise money and awareness for human trafficking charity, Stop the Traffik.

The second year undergraduate will be running more than 750 miles in the eight-month period which is roughly three miles each way, each day, including the mile-long Widcombe Hill, one of Bath's toughest climbs.

Alasdair, who grew up in Bracknell, will be kitted out for all weather conditions on the daily six-mile round trip as well as carrying his heavy maths text books.

The  nineteen year-old explained what inspired him to take on the challenge. He said: "I had been contemplating running a half marathon during the summer and whilst I was at a Christian festival, Momentum, I saw a video of a Sky Sports reporter running the distance of crossing the Atlantic for his charity and that really inspired me to run a half marathon for charity.

"When I returned to university, I weighed up either paying for a bus pass or running to campus every day and decided that it would be great to run and raise money for charity in doing so. I chose to support Stop the Traffik because in my opinion, human trafficking is the greatest injustice in the world and is an illegal trade that can be measurably and effectively stopped."

Stop the Traffik is a charity concerned with the protection of vulnerable young people caught up in the illegal industry of human trafficking.

Alasdair's running challenge is part of the charity's global initiative, Freedom Ticket for Life, which aims to help educate young people around the world to be trafficking-aware and safe.

Stop the Traffik representative, Sophie Tuson, was highly appreciative of Alasdair's efforts and echoed his belief in how significant the sponsorship is: "It's absolutely fantastic that Alasdair is running to raise awareness about human trafficking and to raise money to help get girls in trafficking 'hotspots' around the world into education. Stop the Traffik wouldn't exist without the commitment and support of those like Ali. We wish him the best of luck as he embarks on over 750 miles of running!"

Alasdair hopes the money raised will help to make a difference to the lives of poor and vulnerable girls, and boys, prone to the illegal human trafficking industry, and explained how he plans to motivate himself to run every day, whatever the conditions.

He said: "The charity has put me in touch with other partnering charities such as the Salvation Army who will be keeping me informed about how they are progressing and explain how the money raised is being used which will be great to see.

"In terms of motivation, I think what I am doing is going to be tough but it's nothing compared to what people caught up in human trafficking go through."


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