Parks runner raises cash for horse hospital

Jeanine Williamson SUS-141015-143151001
Jeanine Williamson SUS-141015-143151001

Eastbourne runner and horse lover Jeannine Williamson completed last weekend’s Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon in aid of The Brooke.

She was among 26 runners taking part in the event in aid of the charity that helps working equines in some of the world’s poorest countries.

To date Jeannine has raised nearly £800 in sponsorship, and together the total raised by the Brooke team has topped £15,500. Nearly 16,000 runners, including TV presenter Ben Fogle, took part in the half marathon that started and finished in Hyde Park.

Jeannine, who completed the half marathon in 2hrs 5mins, said, “It was a really well organised event along a fantastic course that that went pat sights such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the London Eye, so there was always something to look at along the way and the crowd support was amazing, with people lining the whole route. And after a week of rain, it was a huge added bonus when Sunday dawned clear, bright and dry. As always, I would like to thank everyone who supported me.”

All the money raised by the Brooke team will go towards the charity that improves the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America, and provides support and advice for owners. This year marks the 80th anniversary of the charity that was founded by Dorothy Brooke after she discovered the plight of horses abandoned in Egypt after the First World War.

A former Eastbourne Herald Resident of the Month, over the years Jeannine has raised more than £23,000 for the charity through runs and other events. Earlier this year she completed the inaugural 48.6 mile Dopey Challenge at Florida’s Walt Disney World.