Half marathon challenge to help others

Kate while training for the half marathons
Kate while training for the half marathons

Parkrun’s event director is running three half marathons to raise money to support the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

Kate Neale, of Luton, completed the Great North Run and is preparing to take on the Love Luton half marathon next month and the St Neots half marathon in November.

She is hoping to raise enough money to buy yellow wellies for 16 crew members at three lifeboat stations.

The RNLI provides a 24 hour lifeboat search and rescue service around the UK.

She said: “The charity is very close to my heart. I grew up in a lifeboat town.

“I still have personal connections with three lifeboat stations, two in Northern Ireland and one in the Isle of Man.

“Donaghadee, where I grew up Portaferry, where my mum is heavily involved in fundraising and Douglas, where my brother is a crew member.

“I want to raise enough money to buy the famous RNLI yellow wellies for each crew member at the three stations, that is £45 for each of the 16 crew.

“If I raise enough to get the wellies then I will add gloves at £10 a pair, bringing the target up to £800.”

She took part in the Great North Run on Sunday, September 13.

She said: “I found the Great North Run hard going this time as the weather was hotter than expected , it was 19-20C.

“It is a brilliant race though with 57,000 people running, mainly for charities and often in costume!”

She has raised £380, to help her reach her target, visit: www.virginmoneygiving.com/KateNeale