As a long-time member of Girlguiding Nottinghamshire, Brownie Leader Kay Knowles is used to personal challenges. But just at the moment she’s heading for a truly marathon challenge – Kay (26) has been selected to take part in the 2018 London Marathon and will be joining thousands of runners at the start line on 22 April.
Kay lives in West Bridgford and spends her Thursday evenings leading 5th West Bridgford Brownies. She’ll be running the Virgin Money London Marathon 2018 as part of the Girlguiding UK team, raising funds to support Girlguiding everywhere.
‘Girlguiding is such an important charity, not just to me and my Brownies but to girls and women throughout the UK and beyond, so I was really honoured to have been given one of just five places on the team,’ says Kay.’
‘I’ve been running for a few years and have already done a couple of half-marathons, but getting myself up to the full 26.2 mile distance during these cold winter months is proving a real challenge,’ she admits. ‘And of course as well as the training there’s the small matter of the £1,900 sponsorship I need to raise in order to take part!’
5th West Bridgford Brownies held a coffee evening last week (Thursday 15 Feb) with the £238.44 proceeds going into Kay’s appeal, and her fundraising initiatives have also included a horse gala organised by her family and supporters just before Christmas. Having now raised almost £1,000 towards her target, she’s planning to boost this by running a quiz night later this month.
‘Go Kay!’ says County Commissioner Jackie Brocklehurst. ‘We’re so proud that Girlguiding Nottinghamshire will be represented at such an epic event and will be cheering Kay on at every step.’