Race Day: 10 October 2021

Woman to run Royal Parks Half Marathon presented by Royal Bank of Canada to raise vital funds for Maytree

Carol Lewis, 61, from Cuffley, will be running the Royal Parks Half Marathon presented by Royal Bank of Canada for the 11th time this year to raise vital funds for Maytree charity, which supports adults in suicide crisis. Carol is hoping to raise £500.

Over the last 11 years Carol has raised over £5,000 for charities including Maytree, GOSH, Mind and Asthma.

Carol who is no stranger to running having also completed several other long-distance events, is one of a few select runners who has taken part in every edition of London’s greenest half marathon since its inception in 2007.

Carol who lives in Cranfield Crescent, works at Maytree as a volunteer coordinator, a small charity in Finsbury Park that supports adults in Suicide Crisis. Carol is one of 10 people taking part to raise money for Maytree.

Talking about her training Carol said: “It’s going great. The winter was tricky, but the spring weather has allowed me to get back on track.

She added: “I run twice weekly and cross train doing Pilates and Yoga once a week.”

Carol will be supported by friends and family on race day and she is hoping to finish the 13.1-mile course in 2hr 19 minutes, slightly slower than her personal best of 2hr 15 minutes, which she achieved a few years ago.

She added: “I have seen the event grow each year and more people are becoming aware of the event, the highlight has been that every single year the weather has been perfect, I just hope I don’t jinx it for this year!

“It is a great way to see my home city, it’s flat, fast and friendly and it’s great to be part of a team of people running to make a difference to others.

Asked about what advice she would give to runners thinking about taking part in the race Carol said: “The only advice I would give is just go for it, train well, hydrate, and if you are struggling the crowd will get you round!”

To donate towards Carol’s cause, go to: https://www.justgiving.com/carol-lewis25.