As part of my local community work I take great delight in helping raise local awareness of charities and supporting them with my experience and contacts. Two races I will be hosting for the local charities in the summer of 2012:
So why Marlow FM?
Marlow FM launched on the 11th May 2011 on 97.5 FM covering 36,000 + listeners in Marlow, Bucks. It’s totally by unpaid volunteers, receives no direct funding and can only raise 50% of its annual running costs through on air advertising and sponsorship.
I was invited some months back to join the local Health show and talk about running and community work and have ever since regularly joined the crew enjoying every moment sharing my stories with the listeners. To give something back and help support the radio station I wanted to help fund raise and share my experience as a race director with them and we are now planning the first race in 2012. So a little about it…..
This new exciting multi-terrain 10k course will take in the route of the Thames path, though Hurley both starting and finishing in Marlow Higginson Park (Pan Handle route). The bridges are the only hills to contend with and the rest of the surface will be either road (small amount) or the grass/mud/field. The course will be well marshalled and in aid of much needed funds for Marlow FM local radio and other local charities.
So why Child Bereavement?
The Child Bereavement Charity (CBC) is the UK’s leading charity that supports families and educates professionals both when a child dies and when a child is bereaved. It also provides a national support and information service, award-winning resources, an interactive website with an online forum for bereaved families, and Buckinghamshire-based family bereavement.
Back in 2009 I lost my husband and a father to my 2 children who were at the time only 7 and 13 months old. This was a tough time for us and CBC taught me through their support/ counselling and guidance there was life after bereavement. The greatest things to see and know are that families still go back years later and they never turn you away. I approached the CBC fundraising team in early 2011 to ask if I could help set up an event and enlisted my chief advisor Fred Ashford who taught me the ropes of setting up a race. The race will be in its 2nd year in 2012 and I am very excited and the prospect of raising more money for the charity.
The Dash for Dad takes place on Father’s day offering both 5k and 10k courses. The routes are on mixed terrain taking you into the gardens and lakes of West Wycombe Park and the surrounding woodlands. The 5k route: is less challenging than the 10k with a 40m climb and one water point. The 10k route: The 10k run will take in some challenging hills, with several water points. Finally we are also offering the 1k children’s route: – The top end of the field and a 1 loop course.
Hope to see some of you at either or both of these 2 great races!