It’s back to front for Laura...

Laura Riches
Laura Riches

A TALENTED runner will be putting her best foot backwards later this month when she does a one mile backwards run for charity.

International athlete 17-year-old Laura Riches (pictured below right), of Chalfont Drive, Tyldesley, will be stepping out alongside a number of other athletes and hoards of amateur runners for the event for charity Forever Manchester.

Forever Manchester distributes money to support local people and groups trying to make a positive change in their neighbourhoods throughout the region and just a few years ago Laura was on the receiving end of funding which helped her with the cost of competing. Laura said: “I just wanted to give something back to the cause because of what it has done for me. I’ve never done a backwards run like this, although I play rugby and we have to run backwards a bit in that, but I always fall over, so I don’t know how I’ll cope.”

Laura usually runs cross country and fell races, last year she represented England in Italy at the International Youth Challenge.

The athlete, who will be going to university in Birmingham in October to study sport, is right in the middle of her own training for the World Trials which will take place the day before the charity event at Heaton Park on August 14.

The trials will see Laura running five kilometres over mountains, and so she has been training hard running up Rivington.

She said: “The World Trials are on August 13, the day before the charity run so I might be a bit tired, but I will give it my all and I’m sure it will be great fun.”

Laura will be joining the Fun Run as part of the UK Backwards Running Championships, which is open to teams and individuals who can run or walk the course raising money for Forever Manchester or for a charity of their choice.

To get involved and enter the Fun Run visit the Forever Manchester website or email Terry Snowden terry@communityfoundation.co.uk