Congratulations to Char on completing her first half marathon
Char Williams completed the Warwick Half Marathon raising funds for the Buwan Kothi International Trust.
Char said, “After doing very little running in the past I joined the beginners run club at Nuffield in August last year, starting with the “Couch to 5km programme” – running for a minute/walking for a minute etc. I built it up and ran the Leamington Park Run (5km) in mid October.
I have been fundraising for the last 5 years since setting up my hairdressing business (The Vanity Box in Warwick Gates). To date I have raised over £10,000 for a variety of charities. I have trekked the high Atlas Mountains, Morocco and The Grand Canyon, and also hosted 3 charity balls.
This year I decided to take a break from any major fundraising because I wanted to challenge myself in a new way.
But I felt my efforts would be wasted if I didn’t do it for charity as it seemed such a big challenge for me! I chose to support BKIT as a thank you for the support and encouragement I have received from Sangita and Jas Mundy, who are Trustees of the charity. BKIT is a great charity and it seemed particularly apt knowing that Jas is there for three months on a sabbatical working at the Gilly Mundy School and amongst the community whilst I train for the half marathon!
After several months of training I am extremely happy that I succeeded in completing the half marathon in 2 hours and 48 minutes. I did not want to put too much pressure on myself by giving myself a time limit but the buzz from the crowd kept me going. Also running with Sangita, my dad, and many of my friends from run club really made me feel well supported.
I was hoping to raise £500 but have already received nearly £650 and donations are still coming in to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charrunsfar I think my friends and family have been so supportive of this challenge because most of them think I am crazy.
I am going to suggest that the money I raise should be used to set up a girls marching band at the Gilly Mundy Memorial Community School and I believe they are already looking into this.”
24 Hours earlier the first ever half marathon was held at the Gilly Mundy Memorial Community School. Jas was joined by over 150 runners, including students, teachers & members of the local community. The route took in the villages that the children at Gilly Mundy School come from. Medals and certificates were awarded to everyone who participated.