The University of Portsmouth Women’s rugby team raced ahead for the Alzheimer’s Society in the BUPA Great South Run.
Jade Biskin-Barnes, Lissy Richards, Harriet Baker, Tori Cox, Lauren Ryan (VP Sports) and Amy Baker (VP Welfare and Volunteering ) were among a number of AU members who took part in the twenty year old race on Sunday the 24th October.
Richards and Biskin-Barnes completed the ten mile course, which ends in a straight run across the seafront, in a respectable 1 hour 52 minutes, the others coming in close time.The majority of the group ran for Alzheimer’s Society, a charity that works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia. Biskin-Barnes, speaking before the race, said: “My Granddad has Alzheimer’s, so I wanted to raise money for research into ways to stop it progressing.”
The Rugby Club is taking part in a number of charity events this year, including a pier to pier bike ride on Saturday the 30th October.
Jade reflected: “I’ve always wanted to do charity, but it’s easier to do it when you know you’ve other people who want to do it with you, and they are willing to push just as hard as you are for it.”The Rugby committee this year is really trying to push the charity events, and I think that’s really good because other members in the club may not have ever done charity events before-because all their friends are doing it and it’s a fun activity-they’re then more willing to get involved.”
Speaking immediately after the race, Lissy Richards said: “It was good, I’m proud that I did it. I will run it again next year, at least then I have a year to recover! I’m glad I could join in and help raise some more money.”
Amongst the other AU members taking part in the race were men from the Rugby club, Hockey and Sailing members and AU Chief Exec Steve Shirley, who ran as a pace setter. Overall 23,000 people are said to have taken part, 2,000 more than last year.
A number of celebrities ran in the race, including Ben Fogle, who is a University of Portsmouth alumnus, and was due to head to the Antarctic the very next day. Former Portsmouth F.C goalkeeper David James was in attendance, and hinted at the possibility of his running the race next year.
The men’s elite race was won by Joseph Ebuya of Kenya, with a time of 45 minutes 15 seconds, with another Kenyan, Grace Momanyi, winning the women’s, at 52 minutes 3 seconds.