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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.
From Saturday 19th September, it will be essential for every person in Surrey Sports Park’s communal areas to wear a face covering. This is in-line with the campus-wide policy introduced by the University of Surrey.
The policy does not apply whilst taking part in sport and exercise and activity areas are exempt.
The University considers that the responsibility of wearing a face covering sits with individuals and we expect all our staff, students and public to adhere to this requirement where possible.
Please be mindful and respectful towards members of our community who, due to exceptional circumstances, may be unable to wear a face covering; their reasons may not be visible to others.
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