Mission to aid needy children
LONDON MARATHON: Bob is hard in training for big challenge
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.
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