To motivate my self better for the Greater Manchester Marathon last 8th April (see my weblog: My bumpy road to the Greater Manchester Marathon) I decided to raise funds for a charity I felt a personal connection with, Run4Cancer.
** Run 4 Cancer is primarily a provider of days out and short-breaks for families affected by cancer and support research into the positive effects of exercise (e.g. running) and how it can help with cancer prevention and recovery **
I had some positive experiences earlier in given trailrun clinincs in the Netherlands and thought it could be a nice way to combine my passion for trailrunning with raising funds.
Based on some recent good coffee experiences after a walk I choose ROOTZ Coffeeshop in Chorleywood as start and end point. Closeness to the Chorleywood Metropolitan Tube station and plenty of nice trailpaths scattered around the hills and Chess River Valley made the area perfect for my trailrunning plan.
It worked out even better than I thought! Thirteen runners turned up, made enthusiastic by some of the local Running Sisters who heard of the event. Even more to my surprise I raised more than 100 GBP for Run4Cancer and to my delight Jill from the Chorleywood Magazine wrote a very nice article about the event (see at the link and at the bottom of this blog) promoting directly the next Chorley-ROOTZ Trailrun last Saturday 14th April.
This Second Chorley-ROOTZ Trail run was generously, and overwhelmingly I must say, supported by Rootz Coffee Chorleywood with great home-made granola and shortbread cakes.
They were a delicious and well deserved treat for all runners. Especially after 1.30 Hrs trailrunning through Carpenters Wood, Chenies, down the Chess River Valley, up (!) the steep hill towards Church End and finally a down- and uphill (!) to the Chorleywood common … and all in the sun (finally spring has arrived – I hope). Again I was really happy to raise 70 GBP for Run4Cancer, thanks!
Whilst enjoying the cappuccino’s and cakes we decided to continue the Chorley-ROOTZ trailruns every four to five weeks. Starting preferably on a Sunday morning at 0910 (to allow Metro users to arrive from the London side at 0900 at the Metro Station). ROOTZ Coffeeshop owners Phil and Jordan told me they are more than happy to keep supporting this idea with nice cakes and eco-friendly, reusable water-cup/bottles. These we will use at a refreshment post I will set-up somewhere along the route before the start.
Because as trailrunner you take home good memories, leaving nothing behind but your footprints!
Interested to join the next Chorley-ROOTZ Trailrun, just send me a message or take a look at my Facebook events?