Running so others can walk
There’s a major new event on Melton’s sporting calendar this summer – the Road2Recovery Half Marathon and Fun Run.
It’s been inspired by Claire Lomas who to date has raised more than £500,000 for the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation (NSIF) to support its groundbreaking research into finding a cure for paralysis.
Claire’s story, following a life changing horse riding accident, has seen her capture hearts across the world. She made history completing the Virgin London Marathon in a robotic suit, lit the torch at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, criss-crossed the country in a hand-cycle challenge and has now taken up motorbike racing!
The Road2Recovery race, the first half marathon in the Melton area for many years, will take place on Sunday, June 19 and promises to be the most amazing day. NEXT is the day’s main sponsor and the race has also attracted excellent local support from The Melton Building Society and many others.
The big race will be chip timed, starting and finishing in the beautiful setting of Eye Kettleby Lakes and following a scenic course around the country lanes south of the town. There will also be a family 5K fun run with a prize for the best fancy dress (optional).
Race HQ will feature an entertainment area with inflatables, games, live music by George Simpson, a magician and even a visit from Peppa Pig. Bowler Roasters Hog Roast and other food and drink stalls will also be present and there will be post race massages for those in need of one.
Half marathon runners will be well rewarded with a fantastic gift bag featuring a technical T-shirt, medal, other goodies and a signed copy of Claire’s autobiography Finding My Feet. Fun run finishers will receive a medal while the first 100 children to enter will be given a Road2Recovery water bottle. There will also be a special prize for the person raising the most sponsorship.
Claire said: “Seriously, if you’re wondering if you should enter the half marathon or fun run go on, make use of your legs! My day came earlier than I thought, you never know so ‘Go for it!’
“And by challenging yourself you’ll be helping people who have lost the ability to run and walk to do so again one day. NSIF has done some exciting research which has got one patient on his feet again and some return of sensation, too. Now it need funds for a clinical trial of 10 patients. You will be running so others can walk.”
* To enter visit www.claireschallenge.co.uk where you can also download a sponsorship form. The website also has information about Claire’s Road2Recovery charity ride out in May and a sportive for cyclists in August. Entry forms are also available from Melton Sports which is proud to sponsor the prizes for the first man and lady home in the half marathon.