Golfers swap clubs for running shoes for New York Marathon
ALDWICKBURY Park Golf Club pair Robin Turley and Paul Harris have been training hard as they prepare to cross the Atlantic to take on the gruelling ING New York City Marathon, on November 4.
The duo will be joining more than 45,000 other runners taking on the 26.2-mile course that winds its way through the five boroughs of one of the world’s most famous cities, taking in sights such as Fifth Avenue and Central Park.
Robin, head PGA professional and Paul, deputy course manager, have both previously taken part in the London Marathon – with Paul running this year’s race in four hours, 23 minutes – but this is the first time they will have competed in the ‘Big Apple.’
“This will be the first time I’ve even been to New York,” said Robin, who lives in Harpenden. “We’re only there for a few days and obviously one’s taken up with the marathon and I imagine we’ll need another day to recover, so I’m not sure we’ll have the opportunity to do much sight seeing.
“I’m looking forward to completing the run, seeing New York and raising as much money for charity as possible,” added Paul.
“This is supposed to be one of the biggest marathons in the world, to do both London and New York in one year will be fantastic.”
The pair will be raising money for Get Kids Going, a national charity, which gives disabled children and young people the opportunity of participating in sport by providing them with specially built sports’ wheelchairs so they can take part in a variety of sports.
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Get Kids Going inspires British disabled youngsters to compete in sporting events, from start to Paralympic level, by giving them grants to help with their training, physiotherapy, travel, competition fees, design and development of sports’ wheelchairs.
“We wanted to support a charity that is sports related and helps children get active,” added Robin.
“Get Kids Going is a tremendous charity and a great set up – they do excellent work and we are hoping to raise as much money as possible to help their cause.”
Robin and Paul are hoping to raise around 3,000 for the charity.
To sponsor them visit their individual sponsorship pages uk.virginmoneygiving.com/robinturley or uk.virginmoneygiving.com/paulharris2.
For further details on Aldwickbury Park Golf Club visit www.aldwickburyparkgc.co.uk.