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Fundraiser to wear F1 suit for run

Tuesday 2nd October 2012

Motor racing fan Tara Muir is to run a half marathon kitted out like a Formula One driver.

Tara, from Nottingham, will endeavour to finish the London Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon in the suit donated by the Sahara Force India F1 team.

Tara will be using the run to kick-start a £10,000 fundraising drive for Plan UK's Because I Am A Girl campaign which aims to help millions of girls complete their education,

The 30-year-old said: "Professional suits are fireproof and incredibly hot. Racing drivers lose up to 3kg in fluid during a race.

"But the Because I am a Girl campaign has struck a chord in my heart and I will be getting up very early on the day itself to start drinking water."

Around the world, 75 million girls are out of school, putting them at greater risk of marrying young, having children early and not realising their rights.

Plan's Because I am a Girl campaign aims to support girls to stay in education and fulfil their potential.

Tara, an actress who now lives in London, said: "I have tried running in the suit once and it is so hot. I made 4km before wanting to pass out. I have spent the last few weeks running in lots and lots of clothes and layers, people definitely look at me strangely."

Tara will be joined by friend Claire Haines-Henry, 30, from Peterborough, who will be running with an F1 flag and umbrella. The girls have become firm friends since meeting at a dance class five years ago.

Kevin Machin, community fundraising manager at Plan UK, said: "It's fantastic that Tara and Claire have pledged to raise so much money for our Girls Fund through this brilliant and innovative fundraising idea.

"This will definitely be a challenge for them, so we're looking forward to cheering them along on the day - I think we'll be able to spot them amongst the runners."

Tara's Sahara Force India suit will be auctioned after the race in aid of Plan UK.

To sponsor Tara and Claire visit http://www.justgiving.com/action4girls.

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