Monday, 23 October 2017

Mayor signs up for Standard charity run

THE Mayor of Henley is to take part in her first ever charity run.

THE Mayor of Henley is to take part in her first ever charity run.

Lorraine Hillier has signed up for the Henley Standard 10km, which takes place on October 11 at the same time as the Henley half marathon.

Both races are organised by the Rotary Club of Henley Bridge and are raising money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Rotary?s End Polio Now campaign and local charities. Last year almost £25,000 was raised.

Councillor Hillier, 59, of River Terrace, Henley, has never run competitively but says she gets lots of exercise running between Hot Gossip in Friday Street and the Upstairs and Downstairs tea rooms in Duke Street, both of which she owns.

She said: ?I?m not particularly sporty, alhough I?m active on a day-to-day basis, which is important. I?m always on my feet and going up and down the stairs.

?People who see me in the street say I run pretty fast but I know that?s not ?proper? running and I will have to get in a bit of practice before the day.

?I was never into sport when I was at school ? I was pretty hopeless and was usually last to be picked for teams because I was so small.

?I did consider entering the half marathon but I thought that might kill me! At least if I struggle with the 10km I can stop and walk the rest of it.

?I don?t usually get the chance to stretch myself but as I?m representing the town I thought I had to have a go. It?s lovely to try things you wouldn?t usually do.? Meanwhile, one of her neighbours in River Terrace is to run the half marathon in memory of his partner, who died last year.

Gary Boys, 47, is raising money for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

In March 2014 his partner, social worker Claire Peacock, collapsed in a shopping centre car park in Aylesbury and later died in hospital after suffering a brain aneurysm.

Mr Boys will be taking part with Freya Tubbs, Ms Peacock?s 18-year-old daughter, and his training partner Trevor Greenaway, who also lives in River Terrace and has completed the London Marathon.

He took part in last year?s race and finished last so is hoping to do better this time. Mr Boys said: ?I was pretty emotional last year and I?d never done anything like it before. This time I?m going for it and training with Trevor.

I?m running every two days and going as far as 8km at the moment.?

Mr Boys said he chose to raise money for the NSPCC because Ms Peacock helped to protect vulnerable children in Buckinghamshire. He has already raised almost £1,000.

?If I get to £2,800 it means I can pay for recruiting, training and supporting an NSPCC schools service volunteer through their first year,? he said.

?It?s a really rewarding thing to do. I?m staggered by the response and have had donations coming from as far as America.

?After Claire died it took me a year to think about who to raise money for.

What she did was protect vulnerable children so I chose the NSPCC as it?s the charity with the closest link.

?People think the money might get lost but this goes specifically to pay for someone in the Thames Valley region, where she worked.?

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/owner-email/pleasesponsor/Gary-Boys

Rotary hopes to have 2,000 runners in the main race and 600 in the 10km. So far about 1,200 people have entered in total.

Both race routes start at Henley Rugby Club. The half marathon goes over Henley Bridge, up Remenham Lane to Aston then back along the towpath and into Henley before heading to Fawley via Marlow Road and Icehouse Lane. It then heads down Fawley Hill and back to the start via Fair Mile.

The 10km runners will follow the second part of the course from Marlow Road. To enter, fill in the form published here or register online at www.henleyhalfmarathon.org.uk

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