Place to win in marathon com­pe­ti­tion

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others -

A pop­u­lar sports shop has a much cov­eted place avail­able for a run­ner to take part in the Brighton Marathon.

En­tries to the sea­side town’s 2014 marathon have long closed but Pod­plus, based at the Julie Rose Sta­dium in Ash­ford, still has one place up for grabs for some­one to run in the event on Sun­day, April 6, and raise cash for the char­ity of their choice.

Pod­plus has been in­volved with the marathon since 2012, of­fer­ing po­di­a­try and chi­ropody ser­vices on the day.

Pod­plus’s Tom Austen said: “We are hon­oured to have a role in this fan­tas­tic sports event. We treat and of­fer ad­vice to run­ners of all lev­els, who take place in races world­wide, and the feed­back we get shows the Brighton Marathon is a firm favourite.”

The 2013 event saw a 20% in­crease on en­tries to 18,000, putting it in the top 12 run­ning events in the UK.

The win­ner of the Pod­plus marathon en­try com­pe­ti­tion will also re­ceive spe­cial­ist ad­vice and treat­ments from Tom and his team, in­clud­ing sports mas­sages from trained ex­perts.

For more in­for­ma­tion on how to en­ter, visit the web­site www. pod­plus.co.uk or con­tact the shop on 01233 660851. A four-year-old is the poster girl for the Rare Breeds Cen­tre.

The smil­ing face of Gra­ciemay Linn beams out from the cover of new leaflets pro­mot­ing the char­ity-run Wood­church tourist at­trac­tion.

More than 110,000 copies of the leaflet have been printed for 2014 to show what the cen­tre does and to en­cour­age visi­tors.

Gra­ciemay, who will be five in March, is in the re­cep­tion class of Ash­ford Oaks Pri­mary School.

Her mother Jo said: “We were on a reg­u­lar visit to the cen­tre and play­ing in the chil­dren’s barn when one of the staff asked if they could pho­to­graph Gra­ciemay as they were look­ing for pub­lic­ity pho­tos.

“I never thought she would end up as the star of the main 2014 leaflet. I am so proud as she looks so lovely in the pho­to­graph.”

Gill Gibb, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Can­ter­bury Oast Trust, which owns and runs the Rare Breeds Cen­tre, said: “It is lovely for us to be able to use a lo­cal child on the front of our leaflet.

“We re­ally thought Gra­ciemay summed up a great visit – she re­ally looks like she is hav­ing a great time.”

En­try to the Rare Breeds Cen­tre is re­duced to £6 un­til the end of March. There are three un­der­cover barns to play in and the Gra­nary Restau­rant serv­ing snacks and lunches.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 01233 861493 or go to www. rarebreeds.org.uk

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