That 10k was in 2014, not long after Rachel first took up running. A year later she ran her first marathon in Rhodes, after training for just 13 weeks she completed it with tears in her eyes in 5 hours and 30 minutes. She never set out to run a marathon what started as a bid to get fitter led to this.
As she says “Let’s face it, you have to be a certain type of crazy to even contemplate running to that extreme! Only 1% of the world’s population has ever completed the full 26.2miles/42kilometres!”
This year Rachel has decided to take the running challenge a step further. She we be running in not one but two marathons just days apart.
Rhodes marathon on 17th April and the London marathon on the 24th
London Marathon 24th April
Over 35,000 people are expected to run the London marathon this year, from the 247,069 applicants there were more than 100,000 women who applied for a place. Rachel is not only lucky to be able to take part but is doing so to raise money for charity.
She has signed up to team Tavs and is raising money for the Lords Taverners charity.
The Taverners are a sports charity providing equipment to disabled and disadvantaged children throughout the UK. They have done some amazing work and she’s proud to be supporting them. Please visit Rachel’s charity page and donate, all charity runners have an official BT charity page where you can donate online.
Training for 2 marathons
Rachel kept running and swimming all summer after the 2015 marathon, while working 2 jobs, with the group 2 of a Kind at night in tourist hotels and on the beach during the day. Her spare time was spent handing out food and cleaning at the refugee centre. She’s not the type to put her feet up and watch tv!
In the winter Rachel took a job in Lapland with lots of skiing and jumping about in the snow! Training started again as soon as she returned in the first week of Jan. Based on what she learnt last year, the training schedule is 5 days a week, 4 days running 1 cross training.
Rhodes Marathon 17th April
This year will be the 3rd International Roads to Rhodes Marathon. Held in Rhodes town the birthplace of an ancient Olympic athlete, Leonidas the Rhodian. The course runs alongside the Aegean sea and walls of the medieval city starting and finishing at Eleftherias Square. Runners will complete the full route twice.
If you’re in Rhodes come along and support the runners. For those who want to take part registration is still open you can find out more here options include a 5k, 10k and children’s race as well as the full marathon.
With work and other commitments she’s fallen behind in raising money. The fantastic management and team at Rock n Roll Music Diner have helped her create and event which will be held on Sunday March 13th this weekend from 4pm into the night!
Peace, Love, Run – a charity fundraiser will be a music festival featuring some of Rhodes’ best bands and musicians. The event is on Facebook here please share it with as many people as you can.
Donation on the door €3
Beers from €2.50 (with profits donated to her cause)