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My name is Ben Schiffer-Harte, I'm 29 years old and am fundraising for the Motor Neurone Disease Association in memory of Bill Cooley who is grandfather to my girlfriend Jo.
'A respected and popular former Royal Borough mayor from Eton Wick, Farmer Bill Cooley died on New Year's Day.... He represented the interests of villagers in Eton Wick on the Eton West ward on the council for more than 30 years and stood as mayor of the borough in 1987/88.... He is survived by his wife Joan, twin daughters Barbara and Susan, his youngest daughter Margaret, 50, and five grandchildren.'
(Written by Justin Burns from the Windsor and Eton Express)
I decided a few months ago that I should raise money for this wonderful cause because it is relatively still unknown to the masses and not one that makes the headlines especially not to the same levels as other leading charities. Being a runner and having previously raise money through the use of my legs I knew what to do but not how to go about it.
Jo suggested I join a local club called Burnham Joggers which I promptly did and 5 weeks on am a fully fledged member taking part in social runs Tuesday and Thursday's. Being fast paced I am with the long distance group often doing up to 14k a night. We meet at Burnham Cricket Club and I enjoy it because I am no longer just running on my own and have similar minded people to talk to.
The Great Ireland 10k held in Dublin on 14th April was my first race in which I posted a time of 41:26. This was my first recorded 10k in a few years and I was pleased with this result. The medal was nice and you got a t-shirt as well. It was held in Phoenix Park to the West of Dublin and Jo and I visited Ireland for 5 days to do a spot of sight-seeing as well.
My last race in the challenge is hopefully going to be the London Marathon on 13th April but I have to await results of the ballot.
Next week on Bank Holiday Monday I will be running 5 miles as part of the Club Championships and each position scores the corresponding point so 1st=1 pt 2nd =2pts and so on. There are 14 to chose from throughout the year and I have missed a few so need to do as many as possible to qualify for the championship because a minimum of 7 races is needed to be run.
The BUPA 10K on May 27th is also coming up as well as the British 10k on 14th July. In between that there are plenty of other 5/10k runs and I have the Henley and Windsor Half Marathons to look forward to in Autumn.
All of this is also in video for on YouTube.
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Thank you in advance and hope the sun is shining wherever you are.