Members of staff at Bath Rugby will be running the 2015 Vitality Bath Half Marathon in support of the Club charity, Bath Rugby Foundation.
The Foundation, which has been named ‘Local Charity of the Year’ for the 2015 event, is looking to recruit 150 runners to help raise vital funds to ensure it continues to enhance the lives of young people through sport. The ‘Local Charity of the Year’ status is given to charities working within the City of Bath or the Bath & North East Somerset Council area, to highlight the valuable - but perhaps less well-known - work of smaller local charities.
Members of Bath Rugby staff already signed up to run for the charity include: Huw Warren (Business Development Manager), Ollie Braley (Business Development Executive), Kat Farmer (Marketing Assistant), Joe Lewis (Management Accountant) and Chantelle Symonds (Ledger Clerk). They will join Foundation Inclusion Manager and Wales Rugby international Caryl Thomas and former Bath Rugby and England star David Flatman in the 13.1 mile race in supporting the Foundation.
The Bath Half Marathon is one of the longest established and most popular city centre road events in the UK. It covers a two-lap 13.1 mile (21.1km) course straddling both sides of the River Avon. The race starts and finishes in Great Pulteney Street, in the heart of the World Heritage City of Bath.
By running for the Foundation, participants will receive a limited edition running top and exclusive access to the Bath Half hub situated at The Recreation Ground, a two-minute walk from the start / finish line. Runners will also benefit from the use of hot showers and changing rooms as well as pre- and post-race massage.
“I was devastated to be asked by Bath Rugby Foundation to run on their behalf in next year's Bath Half, primarily because I hate running," quipped Flatman. "However, the Foundation is a charity I have worked with and admired hugely for a number of years. The work they undertake in the community is fantastic and really does impact on young lives, so I am very happy to help them in any way I can."
Braley, who recently joined Bath Rugby's Commercial team, added: “It’s always great to raise money for charity and the fact that we are running for the Club charity is even more fitting. We are also delighted that SKINS have supplied the Bath Rugby staff with some fantastic compression clothing. It’s going to make training through the winter months a little easier!”
Bath Rugby Foundation is an independent charity, 100% funded through sponsorships, fundraising and donations and has proudly worked with over 100,000 children and young people in the local community since starting in 2003. The Foundation motivates, raises self-esteem and confidence, and improves life skills in young people by impacting positively on educational achievement and social interaction.
To sign up to run for Bath Rugby Foundation, just click here.