Eleven runners recently took on the Royal Parks Half Marathon, raising a phenomenal £5,289.48 which will go towards providing support for people that have been homeless.

Toby Bush, who secured an Emmaus UK place, said: “I was really keen to run the Royal Parks Half Marathon as it is one of the best half marathons in the calendar, but at the same time I was very happy to be able to raise money for such a great charity. I had a great sense of achievement after crossing the finish line and still feel that now, especially making it through with a knee injury which made it a bit tough!”

Anna Wright secured her own Royal Parks ballot place and chose to use it to support Emmaus. She said: “I wanted to run for Emmaus because they do such great work helping people who have experienced homelessness to get back on their feet. I knew that every penny raised would be appreciated and would make a real difference to the charity. The race was tough at the time but seeing all the charities and supporters round the course was a real boost of encouragement to get me to the next part of the course.

I would definitely consider doing another sponsored event on behalf of Emmaus as the support that I got from the team was amazing. They really made me feel that what I was doing was appreciated. The advice I would give to anyone thinking about doing an event for Emmaus is do it! Life is so short, give something different a try, and push yourself!! It’s amazing what you can achieve knowing that your friends and family have sponsored you.”

Mark Wells is a companion at Emmaus Medway. Speaking about the race he said, “The Royal Parks Half Marathon was a race I wanted to do for a number of years and representing Emmaus made it even more special. It was tougher than I thought but I’d absolutely want to do it again. The one piece of advice I’d give would be to do the training and make sure you tell everyone about it to maximise the support.”


Inspired by Team Emmaus? If you’re interested in taking part in the Royal Parks Half Marathon 2020 or another event for Emmaus, please contact our Fundraising Team.

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