Racecourse trio run to get their five-a-day
A TRIO of racecourse staff have stopped watching and started racing in an innovative bid to raise money for charity.
Daniel Clark, Matthew Foxton-Duffy and Carley Greenwood, of Royal Windsor Racecourse, each ran 5km every day last month.
The fundraiser was the brainchild of Mr Clark, managing director at the racecourse in Maidenhead Road, to raise £3,000 for Winston's Wish after a close friend was supported by the child bereavement charity.
Each team member ran 155km in 31 days and sounding a little weary, Mr Clark said: "I like running anyway but this has been extremely difficult. The distance isn't too long by itself, but doing it repeatedly and finding the time has not always been easy. We have really had to think hard about how we would get them into our schedules."
Mr Clark added an extra incentive to sponsoring him by asking people to choose a specific day to pay £20 to sponsor.
Whoever chose the day he ran the 5km the quickest would win a day out for four at Royal Windsor Racecourse.
Mr Foxton-Duffy, 48, sales and marketing manager, has made a similar pledge, but will reward the person who sponsors him on his slowest day.
While the two men have been pounding the ground to complete their challenge, Miss Greenwood, 26, has completed every 5km on a treadmill. Four other staff from the racecourse began the challenge, but had to drop out through injury.
Mr Clark added: "It really wasn't easy, but three of us have seen it through to the end. I hope to make it an annual event and get more people involved. I may even have something up my sleeve for the autumn."