Model Amy Willerton: 'Anything that promotes normality in the disabled touches my heart' (From This Is Local London)
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Former Miss Great Britain winner Amy Willerton to run London marathon for Chickenshed Theatre, Southgate
Once she has completed the London marathon for a Southgate-based theatre, model Amy Willerton plans to focus on her next goal: world domination.
The former Miss Great Britain winner made the tongue in cheek remark during a visit to Chickenshed, in Chase Side, as besotted children crowded around her in awe.
Chickenshed’s aim is to harness the creativity in anyone and everyone, regardless of ability or disability, and the 21-year-old said she finds its work inspiring.
She hopes to raise £4,000 in sponsorship money with her triathlete father, Bruce, and has been busy perfecting her fitness regime ahead of the race.
Wearing elegant jogging trousers, she was in high spirits as she took part in a training session, before enjoying some well-earned carbohydrates with a pasta meal.
She spoke to the Times Series about her top tips for marathon training, how she beat the bullies and how she survived spending three weeks living in the Australian jungle.
“My brother, Ross is disabled, so anything that promotes normality in the disabled touches my heart. My manager told me about Chickenshed and it seemed perfect.
“For anyone running the marathon, my advice would be to focus on your goal and find something that motivates you.
“I’m lucky to have found Chickenshed, it’s an amazing place and that’s spurring me on.”
It is something she can now look back on and laugh at - but during her school years, Amy was heavily tormented by bullies.
“I found solace in the theatre. I was alone most of the time and didn’t have many friends, but performing was a good release. I could be in a different world.
“I am passionate about supporting theatre companies like this one because it did wonders for my confidence as a child.”
Having recently spent three weeks in the jungle on ITV’s I’m a Celebrity - Get Me Out of Here, you would think a 26 mile race across the capital would be a breeze for Amy.
But she nervously admits she is more of a weights-and-gym-classes kind of girl and is sticking to a strict training regime.
“There’s a lot of training involved in the marathon so it’s going to be far tougher than the jungle was. I love a challenge though and I’m up for anything.
“Hopefully dad’s running genes will have rubbed off on me, and it’s a great father daughter bonding experience too.
“I think we might go in costume - I’ll be the chicken and he can be the shed. I don’t care what people think, I don’t get embarrassed. It could be hilarious and a good way to raise awareness.”
With a zesty cackle, she added: “As well as marathon training, I’m also looking to start my own business. And of course, my ultimate goal is world domination.”
Amy and her father have so far raised £230. To sponsor the duo, click here.