Turn your stroll into a marathon at Waterlooville park

GOING FOR GOLD Members of Age UK, in Cowplain, who will be undertaking a marathon in stages pull sprinter Usain Bolt's famous pose
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IF YOU have ever had the urge to run a marathon but didn’t think you had the strength or stamina – now is your chance.

A fundraising challenge is taking place at Jubilee Park, in Waterlooville, where anyone of any age or ability can complete a marathon at their own pace.

Age UK’s Borrow Centre, in Cowplain, runs a befriending service for elderly people which recently won £1,000 in The News Comic Relief cash giveaway.

To raise even more money for the service a marathon will begin on May 25 where people can clock up miles whenever they are available – as long as it’s done within 10 weeks – which works out at 90 laps of the field.

It was the idea of chairman David Hawkley.

He said: ‘Lots of people would love to get the sense of achievement that comes with completing a marathon, but for various reasons are daunted by the prospect of entering such a race, and have to settle for being spectators.

‘This is a cunning version of a marathon which allows entrants to clock up their laps in easy stages at their own speed.

‘Anyone can do this marathon because you may run, jog or walk your laps at your own speed, take rests and breaks, and spread your attendance over however many sessions that you need to cover the 90 laps required.’

Everyone who finishes will get a certificate and badge as a memento of their achievement.

Dog walkers and mobility scooter users are also welcome. The event starts on May 25 at 10am and will continue every Saturday from 10am to midday and Wednesdays from 6.30pm until dusk.

It costs £2 to enter and at least £40 sponsorship must be raised for Age UK. Call (023) 9225 0719 or email dajean11@virginmedia.com.

Entries close on May 20.