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Gary’s Big Run

Gary Turner, 53, is running in the Brighton marathon for Strode Park Foundation on Sunday 10 April. This will be Gary’s very first marathon since first getting the running bug in 2020 during the first COVID lockdown. Gary knows Strode Park Foundation well as he has lived in Herne Bay for over 40 years and has been aware of Strode Park cares for adults with disabilities locally.

When Gary started his running career, he began building his distances each week, he made sure he varied the distances and routes.  This meant he also got to see Herne Bay from a different angle.  Gary ran through and around the town and on local trails to build stamina and his running ability.

Unfortunately, Gary’s newfound running career was rudely interrupted when he contracted COVID during week 6, which meant training was on hold whilst isolating.  Finally, back to training by week 8 means that he is  back on track to being marathon ready.  The hope is that Gary’s weekly running routine has given him a great head start, during March he has managed to run over 30km,  Gary always thought that running 30km was beyond him, but how wrong could he be, running 30km not once but twice before the big day.

Gary’s fundraising target was £350 but he has smashed this target and is currently on an amazing £510. Gary is grateful for the support of Sarah Bingham, Events Manager at Strode Park for giving him the opportunity to join the Brighton team, he said “I am looking forward to meeting the other runners in Brighton, getting the race pack, pinning on the number, and getting on that starting line.”  if you wish to donate towards Gary Turner please visit:

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