Conquering Hadrian’s Wall for Homestart Uttlesford

Simon, Tom and Maria at the Hadrian's Wall Half Marathon

Simon, Tom and Maria at the Hadrian's Wall Half Marathon - Credit: Archant

BLUSTERY and overcast conditions could not dampen the spirits of three intrepid fundraisers as they conquered the Hadrian’s Wall Half Marathon.

Homestart Uttlesford

Homestart Uttlesford - Credit: Archant

Maria Furlong, Simon Till and Tom Whelan, all from Saffron Walden, joined 250 eager participants on the 13.1-mile circular route close to a section of the World Heritage site. They raised over £4,600 for family charity Homestart Uttlesford.

Although there was the chance to see some breathtaking scenery, it was a challenging course held over mixed terrain consisting of grass path, forest track and road.

Maria said: “We arrived with some trepidation and set off on our trail not sure what lay ahead. The first section was a steep, winding road which really tested the legs, before turning onto fells, bogs and even a stile thrown in for good measure.

“After that was Wark Forest and a shingly, uneven path. It was pure relief to see the finish line – but well worth it.”


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Through their efforts the trio raised thousands of pounds for Homestart. The charity provides help through a team of volunteers to parents with children under five, and provides essential support to families in difficulty.

The money will be much appreciated by the charity – £230 will train a new volunteer and £165 per month provides a family with a volunteer for home visiting support.

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Maria, a co-ordinator with the charity, added: “Thank you so much to all who contributed – particularly to Hogan Lovells who donated £750. We are delighted the money will enable us to continue to support local families.”You can still sponsor Maria, Simon and Tom - visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/hadrianswall2013 and http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/TomWhelan

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