A YOUNG girl has been putting on her running shoes to complete a staggering 72-miles for a worthy cause.

Nine-year-old Maisie Hilton, of Hawarden, set herself the challenge to run 72-miles before the 72nd anniversary of the NHS on July 5.

After starting on May 10, and 26-miles later, she has already raised over £650 of her £100 target.

Mum Liz Hilton said: "We went into lockdown and at the time we were able to go out for an hour a day.

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"She's a very sporty little girl but has never been a runner, it's never been anything she's asked to do before, she's a dancer and a netballer but not a runner.

"She started running and then two weeks later she wanted to raise money for the NHS so I told her she needed a reason.

"She asked how old the NHS was and when we looked into it we found it would be 72 in July and so we went from there. She absolutely loves it."

The 72-miles works out on average to be nine-miles a week, but by the end of the first week, Maisie had already completed 21-miles.

Liz added: "She's doing amazingly well. She knows a lot of nurses and it's a wonderful cause at the moment.

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"She's seen people like Captain Tom Moore and I think she wanted to do something of her own.

"She's only 9 and it's a huge amount of miles. Myself and her dad are extremely proud of her."

Anyone wishing to donate and support Maisie's fundraiser can do so via www.justgiving.com/fundraising/maisie-hilton72.

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