The London Marathon is less than 4 weeks away now and two Henley men are taking on the huge challenge for the first time; Christie Jones and Will Hamilton. They are in their final stages of training.
Christie Jones will be running his first ever marathon in London on 28 April and is raising money for Cardiomyopathy UK, where he works as a Community Fundraiser. The charity is a national heart muscle charity whose aim is help individuals across the UK affected by heart muscle disease to live long, fulfilling lives.
Christie said, “It will be my first time running the full 26.2 mile distance. It’s a fairly daunting prospect, but I’ve been tackling half marathons and mud runs fairly regularly since 2004, and have been building up my mental toughness with each run! I’m hoping to raise at least £1,800 for the charity.
As a Community Fundraiser Christie has supported a number of families with organising incredible array of fundraising events from belly dance evenings to sponsored toddles, and everything in between. He added, “This is my opportunity to give back to those families who have welcomed me so warmly into their lives, especially during such testing times. “
Henley born and bred, Christie is back living in the town after going off to study for a degree in Exeter and Germany and several years working in and around London. He organised a one-day art festival Henley Flow back in 2015 which raised over £1,000 for a Madagascar charity, The Dodwell Trust. “I’ve always been impressed by the town’s strong commitment to charity. I am incredibly grateful for whatever support the people of Henley are able to give, and in return I will run my socks off for Cardiomyopathy UK!”
To donate go to www.justgiving.com/christie-london-2019
Councillor Will Hamilton will be one of the expected 35,000 runners to take to the streets of London in a bid to raise £5,000 for the Chiltern Centre for Disabled Children.
Two years ago, as Mayor elect, Will named the Chiltern Centre as of one of his chosen charities, if he was to become the town’s Mayor. However, he was out voted and Kellie Hinton was elected.
Last year, Will Hamilton applied for a London Marathon place in the ballot, but was unsuccessful. This year the Chiltern Centre, based off Greys Road in Henley, was successful in applying for a place and chose Will as its representative to raise funds.
Will who is a management consultant in marketing, said: “I am delighted to have secured this place. I wanted to raise funds for the centre two years ago, but due to circumstances I was unable to keep that promise. However, I will do so now. I can’t let the children down. I’m looking forward to the marathon, although some days I do feel quite apprehensive. A full marathon is a very long way.”
“At the age of 49 I felt this would probably be my last chance to take on such a challenge, so I am in training and getting in shape to run for this most fantastic charity.”
“One of the great benefits of living in Henley is that there are so many Olympians around to give great advice. My training is going very well and the staff at the Phyllis Court fitness club are inspiring. I have built up my distance over time, running 5 km runs each day, at 7am with 15km runs at the weekends. I have also joined the morning boot camp twice a week.”
“I am already one third of the way towards my target and would like to thank all my friends for the support they have given me so far.”
Paul Barrett, Chairman of the Trustees for the Chiltern Centre said, “We are very grateful to Will for taking on this huge challenge and wish him all the luck in the world.”
To sponsor Will go to https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/WillHamilton2019