Mis­sion to aid needy chil­dren

LON­DON MARATHON: Bob is hard in train­ing for big chal­lenge

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Mike Ben­nett mben­nett@thek­m­group.co.uk

AT the age of 60 most peo­ple think about slow­ing down but noth­ing seems to stop Bob Har­vey in his pas­sion to help young peo­ple in need.

De­spite his hec­tic life­style work­ing as a re­gional man­ager for a fi­nan­cial ser­vices com­pany, Bob from Pluck­ley is deep into a pun­ish­ing train­ing sched­ule for the Lon­don Marathon.

He has run the 26-mile race three times but the last one he com­pleted was 24 years ago.

De­spite that he is con­fi­dent of suc­cess in this April’s race as he has com­pleted other gru­elling chal­lenges in­clud­ing three years ago be­ing one of a team that climbed Africa’s high- est peak Kil­i­man­jaro to raise cash for Hopes and Homes, a char­ity that builds ac­com­mo­da­tion for or­phans of dis­as­ters in coun­tries like Yu­goslavia, Sierra Leone and the Ukraine.

He will be run­ning in Lon­don for the Chil­dren’s Trust, a char­ity that pro­vides care, ed­u­ca­tion and ther­apy to chil­dren with mul­ti­ple dis­abil­i­ties and com­plex health needs.

He said: “I work as part of my com­pany’s se­nior man­age­ment team and the com­pany is match­ing pound for pound any funds that I raise.

“I am out train­ing three or four times a week and hop­ing to achieve the marathon some­where be­tween four and five hours.

“In the past I have climbed Kil­i­man­jaro and trekked to Ever­est base camp for var­i­ous char­i­ties, but I think af­ter this year’s marathon I will hang up my boots and look for more leisurely pas­times.”

You can spon­sor Bob via www.justi­giv­ing.com/bobhar­vey or make a do­na­tion by call­ing him on 07721 431589. Also run­ning with Bob is his son Adam and daugh­terin-law, Katy.

If you are run­ning in the Lon­don Marathon and would like to see your ef­forts fea­tured in the Ken­tish Ex­press con­tact our news­desk on 01233 623232 or email ken­tish­expr ess@thek­m­group.co.uk

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