James and Emily Stather take on a year-long physical challenge to raise funds for Woking & Sam Beare Hospices
Husband and wife team James and Emily Stather are tackling a series of events during 2017 to raise more than £1000 for Woking & Sam Beare Hospices. Having just taken part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 Race, they have a few more events up their sleeves.
After Woking & Sam Beare Hospices looked after James’ mum, he decided to set himself and Emily some physical challenges to raise funds for the charity. They have raised an amazing £945 so far. Here is an overview of the events they have taken part in, as well as the ones yet to come.
- December 2016 – Olympic Park 5K Run
- January– Eton Dorney Super Sprint Duathlon
- February– 10K London Winter Run, Thorpe Park Half Marathon
- March– 10K Weybridge Run, 5K Woking Run, Hampton Court Half Marathon
- April– 10K April Fools run, 5K Gung-Ho Obstacle Run
- May– 10K Bobby Moore Fun Run, Eton Dorney Super Sprint Triathlon, Eton Dorney Triple Triathlon – 3 Triathlons (Sprint, Super Sprint, Super Super Sprint) in one day
- June– Blenheim Palace Super Sprint Triathlon
- July– 10K Newham run finishing in the Olympic Stadium, Climbing Scafell Pike, London Sprint Triathlon, 100-mile cycle Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100
- August– 1 mile sea swim around Burgh Island
- September– 25K Thames Bridges Trek, 1 mile Swim Serpentine, Eton Dorney Super Sprint Triathlon
- October– Great South Run (10 miles)
- November– TBC
- December–Santa Fun Run
James commented, “In 2016, Emily and I took part in our first ever triathlon at Blenheim Palace and also walked 100km in day along the Thames Path. We soon caught the ‘challenge bug’ and decided we would like to maintain our fitness, whilst pushing ourselves physically with a target of one event a month from December 2016 and throughout the whole of 2017. It also provided us with a wonderful opportunity to raise funds for the charity, as Sam Beare Hospice cared so well for my mum, Jane Stather, who passed away in 2004. This was the focus to keep us motivated through the training and the tough moments of the challenges and we are delighted to have raised almost £950 to date.”
James and Emily are also planning ahead for 2018 and are thinking of taking part in a 70.3 Ironman and the London Marathon. James said, “This would enable us to qualify to receive the new, huge and amazing London Classics medal. This is a brand new medal designed this year, and will be handed out rarely to those people who have completed all three main London events comprising the triathlon Ironman discipline distances, namely the 2 mile Swim Serpentine swim, the 100 mile Ride London-Surrey cycle and the 26 mile London Marathon. This would be an amazing achievement for myself and Emily to accomplish and we hope we have inspired many others with our challenges, whilst raising awareness and funds for the great work done by the hospice”.
As a local charity, Woking & Sam Beare Hospices relies heavily on the generosity of the local community to provide our free of charge services to those who need it the most. The amazing support of people like James and Emily makes it possible for the charity to provide state-of-the-art facilities in the new hospice in Goldsworth Park and out in the community, where 75% of care is given in people’s own homes by the community nursing teams.
Do you feel like you could take on a challenge events for the hospice, like James and Emily? If so, please go to our challenge events page, where you will find all the relevant information and contact details. We have a range of obstacles, cycling and fun runs to suit all purposes and people in order to raise money for your local hospice. Visit www.wsbhospices.co.uk to find out more.
If you would like to donate to James and Emily’s fundraising for for Woking & Sam Beare Hospices, please follow the link.