On Sunday 9th September, ‘Team British Tennis’ will be taking to the start line of the iconic Great North Run to raise money for activities supported by the Tennis Foundation, Great Britain’s leading tennis charity.
The Tennis Foundation’s vision is to make tennis a sport which is inclusive and accessible to all people and all communities, something that each of our team of four runners is extremely passionate about! Each runner is connected to British Tennis in some way, whether it is through work, participation or being a British Tennis Member.
More details about our fantastic four runners are below, including their personal reasons for taking on the challenge. We are asking everyone involved in British tennis to get behind them as they tackle the 13.1 mile half marathon route!
You can sponsor Kirsty, Stuart, Richard or Steve via their individual fundraising links below, or you can support the team as a whole by donating via https://www.justgiving.com/companyteams/BritishTennis.
GET TO KNOW THE RUNNERS…
Name: Kirsty Thomson
Race number: 19449
How are you connected to British Tennis? Disability Competition Manager (Tennis Foundation)
Furthest distance ran previously? London Marathon (once and will only be once!)
What is your reason for running? I am looking to raise money to continue the great work that the Tennis Foundation does to make tennis inclusive and accessible to anyone no matter their age, background or ability. I believe that tennis can be played by anyone anywhere so please give whatever you can to inspire me on my journey to completing the 13.1 miles.
Meal of choice after the run? Lasagne and chocolate cake
Three words to describe you? Patient, determined and caring
Link to Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Kirstythomson2018
Name: Stuart Searle
Race number: 10638
How are you connected to British Tennis? Commercial Business Partner (LTA)
Furthest distance ran previously? 26.2 miles (London Marathon and Richmond Park Marathon)
What is your reason for running? I like a challenge. I’m not the most athletic or gifted runner, but I love to push myself and get out of my comfort zone. The Great North Run has long been on my bucket list of races to participate in.
Meal of choice after the run? Steak and chips
Three words to describe you? Competitive, tenacious and optimistic
Link to Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/stusearle
Name: Richard Gwyn
Race number: 24270
How are you connected to British Tennis? British Tennis Member
Furthest distance ran previously? I ran the London Marathon in April – I hit the wall at 17 miles! Hoping for cooler weather this time…
Meal of choice after the run? Roast beef and apple crumble with ice cream!
What is your reason for running? As the Tennis Foundation funded Priory Tennis Club and Priory Community School in North Somerset to get less active teenagers playing tennis two years ago. I coached the sessions and saw the benefits first hand of getting more young people playing tennis. It would be great to fund more projects like this and help get teenagers more active. Please donate to this great cause.
Three words to describe you? Happy-go-lucky
Link to Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Richard-Gwyn
Name: Steve Trewick
Race number: 49908
How are you connected to British Tennis? Visually impaired tennis player and member of the North East Visually Impaired Tennis Club
Furthest distance ran previously? Before starting my GNR training the furthest I had run was 5 km.
What is your reason for running? Each year hundreds of people with disabilities benefit from the work of the Tennis Foundation in promoting and providing access to the great sport of tennis. As a coach at the North East Visually Impaired Tennis Club and a Disability Tennis Network Activator in the North East I am proud to play my own small part in this work. As a tennis player with a disability myself (I have a visual impairment and am registered as blind), I have benefited greatly from participating in a sport. For a person with a disability, it can be a profoundly liberating experience to compete on a level playing field. As well as improvements to physical and mental health there is a deep joy and great social benefits in being immersed in a culture of like-minded and supportive people. As a coach delivering activities across the whole ability spectrum it has been my privilege to be able to share some of these benefits with others and I am keen to share them with as many others as possible. So this year, I will be participating in the Simply Health Great North Run to raise funds and awareness to help do just this.
Meal of choice after the run? A bag of Haribo Starmix and a decent Shiraz
Three words to describe you? Old, fat, slow (in his words)
Link to Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/s-trewick
A special mention goes to Matt Elkington, Disability Development Manager North & Midlands at the Tennis Foundation, who has kindly volunteered to be Steve’s guide runner. Hopefully he doesn’t slow Steve down too much…
Any donations would be greatly appreciated by all of our runners and will help open up British Tennis to anyone and everyone!