Architect Michila Wilks is donning a pair of trainers and forgoing sleep as she aims to run at least 50 miles in 24 hours for the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

Michila, Head of Architecture and Design at Greenslade Taylor Hunt, is no stranger to endurance events, but Hope24 at Newnham Park, Plympton, Plymouth, on July 1st, 2nd and 3rd is a whole different challenge. It’s a weekend festival of running with the option of running 12 hour, 24 hour and 36 hour events.

The aim is to run as far as you can in 24 hours. The laps are five miles, hills, mud trail and tarmac, and if the British summer is true to form, heavy rain.

Michila hopes to run in 10-mile bursts with up to 30-minute recovery to refuel and get ready to go again.

Living close to the Quantock Hills she used lockdown to up her running schedule and the idea of running Hope24 as a solo runner was born, having run it as part of a team in 2017.

Her training has been hampered by some unlikely injuries unrelated to running. She twisted her ankle going to the bird feeder in her garden and on another occasion trapped a nerve in her back.

However she is determined these niggles will not set her back from her aim of raising much-needed cash for the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

The charity relies entirely on fundraising for its vital work and receives no Government support.

To sponsor her please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/michila-wilks1