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24-hr Relay Participants

A group of local residents are running for our NHS to say thank you!

They will be running a range of distances each, over a continuous 24 hour period.

The team comprises 12 people (some pictured here — full team listed below) — essentially six couples. They are a group of friends who got to know one another through their children all knowing each other from the Junior school or other connections from our children going back up 10 years plus in some cases.

The Team:

  • Jamie Hall
  • Sam Hall
  • Alex Giles
  • Nathalie Giles
  • Sarah Heydon
  • Rob McLoughlin
  • Chris Martin
  • Rachel Martin
  • Rachael Barnard
  • Phil Barnard
  • Nick Leale
  • Kate Leale

They will run a loop of the village every hour on the hour throughout the day and night from 12 midday on the 13th June until midday on the 14th June. Some team members will cover 3.5-4 miles others will look to run closer to 20 miles in total.

A number of the runners have affiliation with the NHS as a result of having had special care for their kids when young or other specialist support. They've had no specific Covid-19 contact with the NHS, but the current siutation has been a major catalyst for this fund raising endeavour, of course.

The NHS Charity is NHS Charities Together. Runners will have their own individual donation pages, to help widen the fundraising awareness, but if you'd like to donate, here's Rob's JustGiving page

The charity run has been the brainchild of Jamie Hall, building on a previous event in 2017 when five of the team ran a 24 hour relay in aid of CLIC Sargent Care.

Training?

As Rob tells us: "Training has been been a bit hit or miss...! Many of us do run a fair amount while others have gone 'From couch to 5k' and beyond in recent weeks. In addition, as a group of 40-somethings (almost 50-somethings!) a number of the group have had a fair amount of injury to deal with etc. Just saying!"

Keep an eye out for the runners and give them some words of encouragement — especially if they are looking a bit ragged by the time you spot them!

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