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Runner Rosie On Track To Help Carers

Student and native of Bath Rosie Hurley has hit the ground running in 2017 to reach her goal of running the Vitality Bath Half Marathon in aid of a local charity.

Rosie, 22, hopes to complete the marathon in just over 2 hours and has smashed her fundraising target of £350 for the Carers’ Centre. The charity supports local people looking after someone at home, because they are ill, disabled, elderly or have other additional needs.

She chose the charity as both she and her mum Alex have volunteered there and are passionate about their work.

“Over the summer I worked quite closely with them as a volunteer so I saw what great work they do to support and improve the lives of unpaid carers in the community,” said Rosie.

“Whether it be offering advice, organising breaks from caring, providing counselling, emotional support and understanding, the Centre helps those who in their turn care for family and friends who need extra support.

“I saw first-hand what their wonderful volunteers and employees do day to day, and wanted to fundraise so that they can continue their brilliant work.”

Rosie was not a runner before choosing to take on the challenge of the Bath Half.

“This time last year I hadn’t been running in over two years, never really having picked it up properly, and I certainly wasn’t exercising regularly.

“It was a spur of the moment decision to enter the race but I always knew, from my volunteering at the Carers’ Centre, that I wanted to keep on being involved with the charity in whatever way I could.

“Joining their running team was a no-brainer, and throughout my training it’s been a privilege to be able to represent them.”

The Carers’ Centre will have a ‘cheer station’ on the day at their Lower Bristol Road centre where the runners pass twice on the course. Live music, hot drinks and treats will be supplied on the day – everyone welcome to cheer on the runners!

There’s still time to support Rosie through her Just Giving page at justgiving.com/fundraising/rosie-hurley1