Animal Lovers Take on London Landmarks Challenge to Raise Funds for the RSPCA

Running has develop into an actual lifeline for many individuals throughout the lockdowns

From climbing mountains to operating 21 half marathons in 2021, these three runners are set to tackle the London Landmarks half marathon to boost funds for the RSPCA this yr.

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London Landmarks Half Marathon is a scenic 13.1 mile route by the capital which takes place this yr on Sunday, 3 April 2022.

Amongst these collaborating to boost cash for the RSPCA, the oldest and largest animal welfare charity, are three animal lovers who’ve found their love of operating throughout the pandemic as a means of difficult themselves and getting exterior. Now they are going to be donning their trainers in April to assist animals in want.

Samantha from Wiltshire

This would be the first official half marathon and the longest run ever accomplished for Samantha Grimes, 42, from Corsham in Wiltshire.

Around three years in the past, Sam, who works in Guest Experience Management, took half within the ‘Couch to 5k’ coaching and has constructed up her stamina from there, finishing her longest run so far at 10.5 miles lately.

Sam stated: “I’ve simply accomplished a ten.5 mile run which is much more than I’ve carried out earlier than in order that has made me really feel a bit extra assured. Before that, I’d solely carried out 10ks so I’d be nearly doubling my longest distance!”

Sam, who has two home rabbits known as Lola and Dolly and two cats known as Digby-Bob and Nellie, is a self-confessed animal lover.

She added: “I simply love animals. Everyone I do know does races for human charities however it should spur me on extra operating for animals. My pets aren’t rescue animals so I wished to make a distinction to the lives of animals who aren’t as lucky as my pets.

“I believe it is a little bit of a midlife disaster! Last yr I climbed Ben Nevis and this yr I’m doing a half marathon! I hold saying no to challenges however by some means find yourself doing them anyway. I believe doing these challenges and having a objective in thoughts has been actually useful throughout the lockdowns.”

To help Samantha and donate, go to: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/samantha-grimes2

Jessica from London

Jessica Tweed, 32, from Southfields in London, ran a whopping 21 half marathons in 2021 however the London Landmarks shall be her second official race.

Jessica, who works as a graphic designer on the University of Westminster, began operating distances throughout the first nationwide lockdown and located that setting herself private challenges helped her get by the tough interval.

She stated: “During the third nationwide lockdown originally of 2021, I wanted operating greater than ever, and that’s when the 21 x 21 in 21 thought got here to me. It was so arduous some months! I had a knee harm in summer season, and all year long I managed to catch a number of colds. The climate didn’t all the time play ball on the times I wished to run both. But regardless of all of it, on the thirty first of December 2021, I ran my twenty first half for the yr and it felt unbelievable and exhausting!

“I’d truthfully by no means imagined myself because the type of one that may obtain one thing like this. Of course, after that twenty first half I instantly stated to all my family and friends “Never. Again.” however that lasted every week after which I made a decision that 22 is a enjoyable quantity! This yr I’ve runs deliberate on the twenty second of every month in addition to 9 again to again halfs in February, and one further to make the 22. If that by some means wasn’t sufficient, I believe that is the yr to attempt to get my first marathon below my belt. I consider you goal excessive, and even when you fail, there’s a lot to be gained from attempting. I actually wish to push my operating even additional this yr!”

Jessica, who’s initially from New Zealand, can also be an enormous animal lover and has raised cash for the RSPCA in New Zealand beforehand.

She stated: “One factor I like to do is run with my canine Ned. He comes on my shorter 7-12km restoration runs and now we have a blast! We often go up into Wimbledon Common and I let Ned off-leash so he’ll run alongside me after which dive off into the forest to discover earlier than discovering me once more. Pacing on these runs is inconceivable as a result of we take numerous ‘sniff breaks’ and dash to play with different canine, however he’s a incredible operating buddy and I believe he’ll be pleased that operating options closely on the agenda for 2022! He’ll be within the crowd watching me as a sup-paw-tor too!”

To help Jessica and donate to the RSPCA, go to: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jessicakatetweed

Joanna from London

Joanna Remzi, 25, from London, determined to tackle the London Landmarks problem to push herself out of her consolation zone and encourage her to proceed operating after she discovered donning the trainers so useful throughout the lockdowns.

In 2016, she climbed Mt Kilimanjaro for a charity known as Aids Orphan and this additionally actually impressed her to not solely tackle extra challenges however help charities near her coronary heart.

Joanna stated: “With the lockdowns I felt like I wanted to get myself on the market and this was a superb alternative to take action. Having grown up with cats, canine and horses there was no higher charity to fundraise for than the RSPCA! My household additionally lately adopted a canine from Spain known as Raclette after having misplaced our two canine to outdated age throughout the lockdown so I used to be keen to present again and assist increase funds for animals needing care and searching for a house.”

To help Joanna and donate, go to: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/joanna-remzi

If you might have been impressed to tackle a operating problem for the RSPCA, go to: https://www.rspca.org.uk/getinvolved/fundraise/running

To assist the RSPCA proceed rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in determined want of care please go to our website or name our donation line on 0300 123 8181.

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