Meet the 82 year old vegan running 100km to raise money for rescued animals

Read Time:   |  1st June 2020

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Paul Youd is taking on the impressive challenge to raise money for Dean Farm Trust animal sanctuary


Proving the power of a plant-based diet, 82-year-old vegan Paul Youd has set himself the challenge to run 100km to raise funds Dean Farm Trust animal sanctuary.

Dean Farm Trust animal sanctuary, Paul plans to complete a 10km run every day to raise funds for the 200 residents at the animal sanctuary in Chepstow.

The impressive feat is made even more inspiring as Paul only started running at the end of March as a way to keep busy and learn a new skill during lockdown.

In a statement sent to Vegan Food & Living, Paul said: “I wanted to challenge myself and do something to help the rescued animals at Dean Farm Trust.

“They do such amazing work to rescue animals in need and they are really struggling at the moment, with many of their funding sources affected by the Coronavirus. Running was something I could learn from the safety of my home.”

The pensioner built up to a 2-mile run by running around a small track marked out in his garden in Taunton.

Finding that he felt ‘as good as he’s ever done’, Paul decided that he would be able to challenge himself to run 100km and raise £10 for every kilometre ran.

‘No mean feat’

Impressed by Paul’s incredible efforts, Dean Farm Trust founder, Mary Frankland, said: “Running a 10km is no mean feat, but to run a 10km ten times in ten days is incredible – at any age!

“Paul has been a wonderful supporter of our sanctuary and we can’t wait to follow along with his run. We are so grateful to Paul for fundraising for us, especially during these difficult times.

To follow Paul’s training, or to donate to his fundraiser, please visit or

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