MARATHONS are hard at the best of times, but for a first-timer to run a hilly course is madness.
The reason behind the madness is Chris Rock’s passion for Yeldall Manor, a rehabilitation centre based in Hare Hatch.
The charity helps men overcome their drug or alcohol addiction and provide them with “a hope and a future”.
Through his church – Wycliffe Baptist in east Reading – Chris had got to know a number of former Yeldall residents and had an ample opportunity to
see the work the charity does.
He thought that his first marathon would be “the perfect opportunity to break my fundraising duck” for Yeldall.
Chris ran the Kielder Marathon, which an almost entirely off-road course around northern Europe’s largest manmade lake, Kielder Water, in Northumberland.
It took place on October 7, and Chris expects to raise nearly £400 for Yeldall.
He said: “It was my first marathon, although I’ve been running for the last five years or so.
“I completed it in a time of 4:07:31, which I thought was pretty good for a first attempt and on a hilly course.”
To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/chrisrock.