Wiki Daniels (age 37) from Stoke Row, Henley on Thames, who won the ladies’ race at Feed The Children (UK)’s Samuel Hood Memorial 10K Peppard Fun Run/7K Walk race in 2010, is training hard for this year’s event and calling for other runners and walkers to take up the annual charity challenge. Wiki, who is also a very keen canoeist, works as a programming specialist for software company Innovyze, based at Howbery Park in Wallingford, Oxfordshire. Wiki has organised her very own running club at Howbery Park, a business park housing many organisations involved with the water industry.
Howbery Park Runners meet at midday on Tuesdays for a 10K run and at midday on Fridays for a 5K time trial. Members receive a free running singlet after they have made five appearances at the club. Feed The Children’s Brian Hicks recently met up with Wiki and her running team-mates at Howbery Park. The runners set off at a cracking pace in the sparkling sunshine and soon left him behind in their slipstream.
Wiki has competed in the Peppard 10K several times now and has also won the women’s event before. Last year she was behind the women’s race leader, Belinda Tull, until the closing stages but managed to claw back the distance between them and overtake her shortly before the finish.
This year’s Peppard 10K race and 7K walk will be held on Sunday 18 September. The event is organised by the Ruscombe-based charity Feed The Children and is one of their main fundraising events. Entry forms are available through the charity’s website (www.feedthechildren.org.uk ).
“We hope to attract a wide range of participants for this year’s Peppard 10K run and 7K walk,” says Feed The Children’s chief executive, Brian Main, “It is a most beautiful course on private land not normally available to the general public and makes for a special and unforgettable event.”
Starting and finishing at Greys Green Golf Course, adjacent to the Ruchetta Restaurant, Peppard Common on the B481 Reading to Nettlebed Road, RG9 5JU, the walk/run is suitable for all the family. For keen athletes and fun runners alike there is a 10K run, which starts at 10.30am and for leisure walkers and families (including the dog!) there is a shorter 7k route starting at 10.35am. Registration for both options commences at 9.30am.
There will be trophies to be won by the person or group of people who raise the most sponsorship, the BookRabbit Winners’ shield and medals for the first man, first woman, first boy and first girl (under 16) and everyone who participates receives a certificate. Entry fee for runners is £10 in advance or £12 on the day, walkers, £5 in advance and £6 on the day. All children under 16 are £1.
Feed The Children (UK) is first and foremost a children’s charity but it is also a humanitarian and international relief organisation. The charity works both in the UK and around the world in areas of desperate need, developing sustainable communities, providing food, clothing and meeting other life supporting requirements. Administration costs are very low compared with many other charities with 90% of the charity’s donations going towards its work. For more details of Feed The Children’s work visit www.feedthechildren.org.uk .