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November 8, 2018
On Sunday 17 February 2019 the Quicksilver Hampton Court Half Marathon takes place in amazing surroundings. Run over a fast, flat course that borders the riverside grounds of the magnificent Hampton Court Palace.
At Surrey Sports Park, training preparations are underway with four female staff members who are all targeting a strong performance, a reputable finish (or just a finish!) but all with the aim of raising as much money as possible for a very worthwhile cause: Versus Arthritis.
Over the following months we will track these four very different women, with contrasting levels of ability as their journey to fitness and fundraising continues to gather momentum. Each has a very special reason for running, but the common thread is that none are athletes – although one previously was as you’ll discover over the course of this journey – and each needs to work hard on their individual fitness to take part.
Collectively, with determination, the support of each other and that of the talented staff at the Sports Park, plus the generosity of Kit Kabin who supplied their training wear, the aim is to raise money for a charity that means a lot to each of them.
Karen Rothery, Sue Owen, Shade Soyinka and Gemma Del Campo have offered us the opportunity to chart their progress; from personalised gym programmes, training hard on the outdoor pitches, or receiving treatment when they’re struggling we will show how four ordinary women can do something special, and help contribute to a cause close to many hearts along their way.