A retired doctor is preparing for a punishing challenge to run 62 peaks in 62 hours.

Angela White, from Kendal – self-titled the ‘Running Granny’ – is currently in training to run 62 Lake District peaks to raise money for her social enterprise, Going for Old CIC (GFO).

The 62-year-old hopes to encourage other people to exercise and inspire older people to keep active with her many challenges, which she records on her website therunninggranny.co.uk

“I spent most of my career working with older people with long term conditions; things like heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure,” said Ms White.

“A lot of these are largely preventable.

“So, my mission is to encourage people to think about their health and take action earlier.

“Generally, the healthier we can be, the better older age we can have.

“A lot of people seem to think they need to slow down when they’re 60 or they retire, and they don’t have to.”

The grandmother of three girls will embark on the run on June 6 and will travel about 116 miles and ascend 42,500 feet in total.

This is not the first running challenge Ms White has done. In 2019 she ran from John O'Groats to Lands’ End – achieving the world record for the oldest female to do so.

“I only started running when I was 53,” said Ms White.

“It’s not like I’m a life-long runner.

“This is going to be my toughest challenge yet.”

Unfortunately, Ms White’s training programme has been set back by three months due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

“I’m quite daunted that my training has been cut from four-and-a-half months to six weeks," she said.

Money raised will go towards developing Going for Old CIC (GFO).

“What my co-directors and I would like to do is to establish a website and hopefully an app so we can provide information and advice and give people small challenges to do,” she said.

To follow Ms White’s journey visit her social platforms under therunninggranny, or to donate visit www.gofundme.com/f/62-62-in-62.