Arrow Valley parkrun is attempting a marathon challenge on Saturday 3 September to fundraise for defibrillators for the Redditch community.
An intrepid team aim to complete 8.5 parkrun courses in a single day across Warwickshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire, giving them 42.2K or 26.2 miles in total. The event is a fundraiser for Charlotte and Craig Saving Hearts Foundation (CCSHF) who campaign to provide defibrillators for the local community. They are supported by Arrow Valley parkrun who have raised vital funds this year as a way of expressing their gratitude at being gifted a defibrillator by the Foundation.
This heart-warming initiative is organised by Kevin Parsons and Rachel Gould with Redditch's running author Doug Richards also taking part. Kevin Parsons organised a similar event last year, raising more than £5,000 for Acorns Children’s Hospice and aims to do the same with this event. He has planned the route with care, choosing the parkrun courses for the runners this coming Saturday.
More than 60 runners have signed up with the aim of completing the 8.5 courses; eight of them are the full 5k distance, the half is a junior parkrun course (2.2K). The challenge starts at 7.30am from Wyre Forest parkrun and finishes at 7.30pm from Arrow Valley.
The Arrow Valley team plan to support another parkrun in the area in their endeavours to purchase a defibrillator.