Posts Tagged 'Hyde Park'

Quick sand and running quickly

EmmaOn 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

Team Toby tackle the Thames

In just over a week two Tobys will be tackling the Thames – in a pedalo. We heard from Team Toby in the lead up to their epic 125 mile event.

“Our fundraising event is to pedalo down the Thames, from the start in Oxfordshire to Putney Bridge in London, a leg-numbing 125 miles!

We set sail on the 17 August and land at Putney Bridge 9 days later on the 25 August (provided we haven’t drowned on the way). We hope to reach a blistering top speed of 2mph, and will be pedalling for 8-10 hours a day. Our trip will take us down the Thames, through towns and cities such as Reading, Oxford, Henley, Windsor and London.

“Last summer we decided we would like to do a large (and preferably ridiculous) fundraising event for charity. Luckily, we struck gold whilst watching people pedaloing just off the beach whilst on holiday in Croatia last year. With little or no regard to our knees – we decided pedaloing a large distance would be ideal for what we wanted to achieve. Our thinking was that this would be novel, ridiculous, fun and yet, still a challenge.

Originally our plan was to attempt to pedalo the English Channel however due to shipping legislation this was not possible. We therefore settled on the Thames. As the 2nd largest river in the UK (after the Severn) this will still be a great challenge and the fact that we will finish in London hopefully gives the opportunity for lots of support as we finish.

We chose to support two charities in this event.

Army Benevolent Fund

Last year I (Toby Morris), along with other members of the Sheffield Officer Training Corps, joined Andy McMenemy on Challenge 66 (66 ultra marathons in as many days AND cities for the ABF) in Sheffield. Several of us completed the ultra-marathon with him, and also met a soldier who had returned from combat with severe disabilities, and whose life had been transformed for the better by the work of the Army Benevolent Fund. The entire day was a huge inspiration, and after training with the OTC, and seeing the immense effort individuals such as Andy were putting in, I decided I would like to do my bit to support a great cause.

Action Against Hunger

I (Toby Balaam) have been sponsoring a child in Africa for a number of years now. They work in countries all over the world – with the ultimate aim of ending child hunger.

For the best part of a year our stupid idea remained just that – a stupid idea. However once we decided to get the charities on board, and came into possession of a pedalo (very kindly donated by the Hyde Park boathouse) it suddenly became very real (though it was definitely still a stupid idea). We started fundraising halfway through July and have been absolutely amazed by the amount of support we have received. We have smashed our first target of £2,000 and are now pushing towards a new target of £2,500.

We’d really like to thank the Hyde Park boathouse for the pedalo, Skytech AIC for their incredibly generous donation, Kristie for making our poster, our Sophies for putting up with us and everyone who has donated and helped us out!

This event will test our endurance, patience, and our knees! We are really hoping it will raise a massive amount of money and publicity for these two charities, and are both really looking forward to the challenge!”

Visit Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park and support the Royal Parks Foundation

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

Our friends at the Royal Parks Foundation have been in touch about a fantastic opportunity to experience ‘Winter Wonderland’ in Hyde Park and support the charity which looks after London’s famous Royal Parks at the same time.

The Winter Wonderland Charity Preview Night is on Thursday 17 November 2011, 5pm-9pm in Hyde Park, London. And for one night only, this special wristband offers unlimited access to all the magical delights, rides and attractions of Hyde Park Winter Wonderland with all proceeds going to charity.

Normally, all attractions are on an individual ride basis, but on this exclusive charity preview night the wristband offers families, groups of friends or colleagues the chance to enjoy unlimited access to:

  • London’s largest outdoor ice rink
  • Zippos Circus
  • The iconic Giant Observation Wheel with heated pods giving a wonderful view across London
  • All the funfair rides and exhilarating roller coasters – fun for all the family
  • Santa Land – rides in miniature – great for the youngsters!

So, if you want to skate, slide, swirl and swoop before the official opening; raise money for charity; rub shoulders with the stars; and enjoy the magical atmosphere that the UK’s most popular and dazzling winter event has on offer, then this is the night for you!

Entrance is strictly by wristband only, which costs £25 per adult and £20 for children (12 years and under). Each wristband provides free access to all the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland rides and attractions throughout the evening.

To order yours now click here and use the code word “CHESTNUT” when prompted.

(Terms & conditions apply, please see the Royal Parks Foundation website for more details)

Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park

Winter Wonderland

This year’s Winter Wonderland brings Santa Land, London’s largest outdoor ice rink, big top shows, a bustling German market, and a funfair to Hyde Park.

For the first time, The Royal Parks Foundation is opening up the exclusive preview night (normally only attended by celebrities and the media) to raise money for charity.

100% of the ticket price to attend the preview night on 18 November 2010 will be donated to the Royal Parks foundation.

Tickets are £25 for adults and £20 for children (free for under 12s). The wrist band includes unlimited access to all attractions for the entire evening.

To buy your tickets head over to the Winter Wonderland Website and enter the promotional code Chestnut.

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