STAFF at a veterinary clinic will take part in this year’s Henley half marathon and Henley Standard 10km next weekend
STAFF at a veterinary clinic will take part in this year’s Henley half marathon and Henley Standard 10km next weekend.
The 34th annual event on Sunday, October 9 is organised by the Rotary Club of Henley Bridge and raises thousands of pounds for charity every year.
The team from the Henley Veterinary Centre in Reading Road will be raising money for two charities, Thames Valley Animal Welfare and the Border Collie Spot.
Three of them will enter the half marathon and the others will take on the shorter distance.
Greer Wild, 24, a surgeon at the practice, said: “One or two have done it before but we have never entered as a team.
“I think some people are more prepared than others. I did a 7km run the other day and was dying!
“I think we’ll support each other and do as much together as we can. The rest of the practice are going to come and support us.”
There are boxes for donations in reception at the practice.
Miss Wild said: “We thought it would be nice to raise the charities’ profiles and get some money for them. A lot of clients have got animals from them.”
Meanwhile, Zoe Lane, fund-raising manager for Headway Thames Valley, based at Brunner Hall in Greys Road, Henley, will run the half marathon.
She will be joined by staff from Windsor-based Groupe SEB UK, which chose Headway to be one of the charities it supports this year.
Mrs Lane, 42, who lives in Henley, said: “I did the Reading half marathon earlier this year and I did the Henley half last year and I’ve just done the Thames Path Challenge, so I’m just hoping I’ve recovered enough in time.
“I’m feeling fairly confident and am hoping to improve on last year’s time.”
Mrs Lane, who has already raised about £1,000, added: “Fund-raising is my job as I work on funding applications during the day but I wanted to do something personally to support the charity.”
The half marathon course starts at Henley Rugby Club and follows a route over Henley Bridge, along Remenham Lane to the Flower Pot pub at Aston, back along the towpath and over the bridge. The runners then go along Marlow Road, up Icehouse Lane to Fawley, down Fawley Hill and then back to the start via Fair Mile.
The 10km course also starts at the rugby club and follows the second section of the course from Marlow Road. The beneficiaries include the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign. Last year, almost £25,000 was raised.
The cost of entry is £25 for the main race and £20 for the 10km. All the runners are chip-timed and all finishers receive a medal and a goodie bag. For more information and to enter, visit www.henleyhalfmarathon.org
There will also be a children’s one-mile challenge on a course near Swiss Farm. To enter (£5), send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org