Jeannine in USA charity marathon


Eastbourne horserider Jeannine Williamson is embarking on a marathon and a half at Florida’s Wal Disney World to raise money for the Brook Hospital.

In the New Year she will run a half marathon followed by a full marathon the following day in aid of the charity that helps working equines in some of the world’s poorest countries.

In recent years she has completed the London Marathon in aid of the charity and taken part in Brooke fundraising horse treks in Egypt, Jordan, India, Mongolia and Iceland, but she says this will be the toughest challenge to date.

“I completed this year’s Walt Disney Marathon in four hours and 23 minutes and it was a fantastic event that takes in the different areas of the theme park,” she said.

“There are Disney characters and entertainment at each mile which really helps to take your mind off the distance. For 2013 I thought I would enter Goofy’s Race and Half Challenge, which is 39.3 miles in total starting with a half marathon on January 12 and the full marathon the next day, to raise money for The Brooke.”

Jeannine, who helps look after a horse at Primrose Farm, Arlington, said, “I started training in October and whilst it has been tough on some of the cold dark mornings it has gone well so far and I am really looking forward to the event.”

All the money she raises will go to the charity that is dedicated to improving the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules across the Middle East, into Africa and Asia and, more recently, Latin America. The Brooke provides veterinary care and advice and education to owners who often rely on a working animal for their entire family income.

“I have seen the work of the charity first hand in Egypt, Jordan and India and the incredibly harsh conditions that the animals and their owners have to endure day in day out,” said Jeannine.

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