Sunday, 17 December 2017

Woman raises hundreds running Berlin Marathon

A WOMAN raised more than £600 for the Riding for the Disabled Association by running the Berlin Marathon.

A WOMAN raised more than £600 for the Riding for the Disabled Association by running the Berlin Marathon.

Suzanne Farmer, 32, completed the 26-mile challenge in four hours and 21 minutes despite suffering a last-minute knee injury.

She chose to raise money for the charity as her mother Wendy has been a volunteer with the Henley branch since she retired last year.

The branch provides free horse riding lessons for children with special needs at Checkendon Equestrian Centre.

Founded in 1975, it works with young adults from the Henley College’s Pathway Centre and children from Stoke Row Primary School.

Mrs Farmer attends the centre once a week to supervise the youngsters and lead them around the paddock.

Her daughter, who grew up in Marlow, has been riding since she was a child.

Miss Farmer, a teacher, took part in the Berlin race with two friends from London, where she now lives and works. She has previously run the Amsterdam Marathon.

She said: “The last six miles were really difficult because of my knee.

“I was walking all the way and my friend was holding my hand as I crossed the finish line. It was touch and go but I’m really proud that I finished.

“It was a worthwhile effort because Henley Riding for the Disabled makes a huge difference to the lives of the people involved.

“They need funding for the upkeep of the animals so that they can continue being free, which is really important as not all branches of the charity are.”

Miss Farmer has so far raised £645 but hopes to make £1,000.

To sponsor her, visit www.justgiving.com/suzanne-farmer

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