Going the extra miles to support Community Hub

February 26 2018

TWO keen runners are embarking on the London Marathon to raise funds for a Staple Hill charity which helps combat isolation and deprivation.

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TWO keen runners are embarking on the London Marathon to raise funds for a Staple Hill charity which helps combat isolation and deprivation.

William Lee and Tiffany Partridge hope to raise £1,500 each for Staple Hill Community Hub, formerly know as Our Place Community Flat.

The pair, who are both members of the Staple Hill Runners, have been gradually increasing the length of their runs so they are fully prepared for the 26.2 mile race on April 22.

William, 59, who lives in Staple Hill, first took up running seven years ago when he retired from his career as an actuary and already has two London Marathons under his belt.

As treasurer of Staple Hill Community Hub, he sees first hand the good work that the charity does in the area. 

William said: "It's only a small charity but it does lots of good things in Staple Hill. They have a twice weekly lunch club which is mainly for isolated elderly people but there's a bit of a mixture who attend.

"There's also a job searchers support group which helps people with CVs and applying for jobs and training and an elderly people's friendship and exercise group that meets on a Thursday. The hub also provides access to Bristol Credit Union which people find useful.

"It's in a converted ground floor flat in Berkeley House and has a meeting room and office space that are rented out to other organisations that are doing similar things to tackle deprivation in Staple Hill."

Although William runs for another running club, the Chipping Sodbury-based Hogweed Trotters, he isn't taking the effort required for the London Marathon for granted.

"Training for a marathon is completely different to training for a half marathon even. I started training for it in about November because you need six months to build up to it.

"At the moment a typical week involves going running five times, probably doing between 30 and 40 miles in the week with the longest run between 15 and 20 miles.

"The training is going fine but avoiding injury is half the battle. As you're doing more mileage than your body is normally used to doing, you're more likely to pick up an injury because of overuse. If I can avoid injury or being off with flu for several weeks, then I should be alright.

"I'd like to run it in under four hours and be as close to 3 hours 45 as I can. My previous best was 3 hours 56."

Tiffany, 34, a teacher, said: "I've never run a marathon before but I've run three half marathons. I found out I had a place at the end of December so I've been in training since January 1. Increasing the miles is really tough! 

"At the moment I'm concentrating on the training plan and telling myself if I stick to it then, hopefully, I'll be able to do it. I'm feeling positive and the training is going well. 

"I've got two little girls, aged four and five, so the challenge at the moment is fitting in the running with them as well as being a teacher. It's a bit crazy, trying to fit it all in!"

Tiffany said she is delighted to be helping a local cause.

"Staple Hill Community Hub is such a great local charity. It's really nice to raise money for a charity which helps the community I live in and where my children go to school. It feels really good to be doing it for such a small charity which will really benefit and appreciate the money we raise."

If you would like to sponsor William and Tiffany, you can do so online by visiting their fundraising pages: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/WilliamLee and https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/TiffanyPartridge