On the 6th of October, runners from all across London and beyond will converge in Hyde Park to run the Royal Parks Half Marathon. They will run through some of the most beautiful parks in London – Hyde Park, Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens – as well as passing the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament, the Royal Albert Hall and even Buckingham Palace. One of the people running the Royal Parks Half Marathon is 29-year-old Emma Fenney.
Emma began training at the beginning of this year, and has participated in a couple of training races, races that she says “I never thought I’d touch with a barge pole”. Emma was surprised to discover that she actually enjoyed the races and kept on training for the big one, the Royal Parks Half Marathon.
Training for any race has its perils, which Emma knows only too well after a run on Wimbledon Common. Midway through her run, Emma climbed over a fallen tree and was thrust up to her neck into what Emma described as a “marsh-come-bog” but has since reclassified as “quicksand”.
Emma is doing this training and enduring these near-death-experiences to raise money for Womankind. Womankind, which was established in 1989, is a women’s human rights charity. Its aim is to help women in Africa, Asia and Latin America challenge discrimination and violence, and in its 24 year history, has touched the lives of 12 million women and their families.
To help Emma raise money for Womankind, please visit her Virgin Money Giving page