Owen Herbert is a long-term devotee of The Donkey Sanctuary and a member of our special Rosette Group for supporters who generously donate £1,000 or more each year to our charity. He has sent us this wonderful article, in memory of his wife Kay:
For supporter Monica Carr from France, this year plans to be action packed as she tackles the tough London Marathon on 21st April in order to raise funds for The Donkey Sanctuary.
I’ve been looking forward to writing this blog and I can now say that I survived the snow, wind, rain, and knee deep bogs, the endless hills and pebbles of the Grizzly run!...The months of training, fundraising, blogs, porridge and fudge finally paid off.
On Sunday 26th May teacher Sarah Bridgewater from Stoke-on-Trent, will take part in the Edinburgh Marathon, to raise £500 for international animal welfare charity, The Donkey Sanctuary. She is seeking the public’s support to reach her target.
When I received my bib number I realised that I only have three weeks to go until the run. It’s finally dawning on me what I am actually doing. I talk about running the Grizzly on a daily basis to interested friends and work colleagues. But now, I find that I’m talking to myself, “Nicola, you’re running 21 miles, across the pebbles, up and down hills, what are you doing?!”.
On Saturday (9th February) I attempted my longest run. After having a relaxing morning, consuming two pints of water and eating, once again – the dreaded porridge, I still didn’t feel prepared for the 18 mile run. I started in Sidmouth, Devon and ran to Beer through the back lanes, hills and muddy fields.