Marathon Mum Raising Money for Hungerford Rugby Club, February 2020

Wind and rain may have laid waste to another weekend of sport, but rugby mum Lucy Harvey beat off everything the elements could throw at her to run a solo marathon last Sunday.

Upholsterer Lucy has three rugby-mad kids – nine-year-old Rose and five-year-old twins Billy and Joe – who spend their Sundays with Hungerford’s minis, and she decided raise funds towards new equipment for the under-18s section the best way she knew: by battling along the roads and country trails near her home.

Lucy’s plan was to finish her 26.2-mile ‘Run to Rugby’ during morning training but heavy overnight rain meant Hungerford’s youngsters had to spend a third consecutive Sunday kicking their heels instead of rugby balls.

She had started from her Great Bedwyn home at 6.30 on Sunday morning, so by the time the call-off came through, she was well underway. “I got a call at about 18 miles to say everything was off, but I thought ‘I’m not stopping now’,” Lucy said. “So there was almost no-one at the club when I arrived – just a couple of friends and their children. Even my kids weren’t there till later because I was faster than I expected to be!”

Lucy’s four hours 26 minutes effort took her through Wilton, along Chute Causeway to Fosbury, then on to Shalbourne, Ham, Inkpen, Kintbury and across Hungerford Common to the rugby club at Triangle Field.

“I didn’t mind it being quiet at the finish,” Lucy said. “I don’t like lots of fuss so it suited me. I’ve been a runner for a long time and I’ve run seven marathons but this was perhaps the best because I like running on my own and in the countryside.”

Please support Lucy’s fund-raising page for much needed rugby training equipment at gofundme.com/f/rugby-club-marathon-fundraiser

Click here for more about Hungerford Rugby Cub Juniors for 6 – 18 year old boys and girls.

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