Assistant store manager at the Reading Broad Street Specsavers store has raised nearly £3,000 for children’s charity, Reverse Rett after running the Reading Half Marathon every year for the last four years.

Annual challenge

41-year-old Canan Flack first embarked upon her annual challenge in 2010 in support of her best friend’s daughter, 10-year-old Erin Selby, who suffers from the neurological disorder Rett Syndrome. She completed her most recent half marathon earlier this month with her own daughter in a time of two hours and 11 minutes.

Deserving cause

Canan says: ‘Four years ago I couldn’t have imagined running one mile let alone 13.1 miles but it’s for such a deserving cause and one that’s very close to my heart that I had to give it my all.

‘I’ve raised more money than I ever thought I could simply by running a few miles. Knowing how much the funds will benefit the charity keeps me going every step of the way and I’m planning on running as many Reading Half Marathons as I can.’

2,000 miles in four years

With support from her family, friends and colleagues at Specsavers, Canan has clocked up approximately 2,000 running miles in the last four years from completing the half marathons, as well as all the training she undertakes every year.

Reverse Rett

Reverse Rett, formerly Rett Syndrome Research Trust UK, was set up in the kitchen of now Executive Director, Rachael Bloom. The charity works in partnership with the US based Rett Syndrome Research Trust and other international organisations to compound a global effort to speed treatment for Rett Syndrome.


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