Richard’s Big Step To Beachy Head Half Marathon

Keen sportsman Richard Hollands is determined that his latest challenge will not only raise his fitness levels but also help boost charity at the same time.

Regional Community Relations Lead at Abbots Wood Manor Care Home Richard will run the popular event on Sunday, October 23 helping to raise cash for Parkinson’s UK.

It is one of the biggest off-road marathons in the UK and is popular for its scenic and challenging route through the South Downs National Park countryside.

The half marathon takes place a day after the Beachy Head Marathon and encompasses much of the same route, although it will detour into new areas.

Richard who has been training hard with his runs covering up to 10 miles so far, said: “I know it will be tough, because it’s not a straightforward route.

“I think the hardest bit for me will be towards the end and getting up the Seven Sister hills, that will be a challenge.”

But Richard is confident he can get through in good time, having completed the same half marathon previously.

He is raising cash for Parkinson’s UK because of the charity’s good work, but also the local Parkinson’s nurse runs her clinic from Abbots Wood Manor, so there are strong connections.

Richard will begin the half marathon from the Eastbourne seafront at the start of the South Downs Way.

Parkinson’s UK is a Parkinson’s research and support charity, and its aim is to improve the quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s and to find a cure for the condition.