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Running for books

Next weekend Book Aid International supporter Elaine Rhodes will be donning her trainers and running her very first half marathon for us!

We caught up with her to find out why she wanted to run 13.1 long miles in aid of our work:


Elaine Rhodes


Having previously run a few 10ks, I decided it was time to set myself a new target for the New Year.  A half marathon seemed like next logical step, so I signed up for the Hampton Court Half.

Training has been going well. I have been slowly but surely chipping away at the distance each week and I’m feeling on track at the moment. As I have never run this far before, I don’t have a particular time in mind or personal best that I want to achieve on the day. As long as I get past the finish line I will be happy!


Elaine Rhodes


I am nervous but excited, especially as the course is Tudor-themed. It is rumoured Henry VIII will be waiting at the palace to cheer runners on! Having 13.1 miles as a goal has been a great incentive to get up and train, even on freezing cold days when I would rather not lace up my trainers. More importantly, I have the added incentive of knowing that I am running to raise money and awareness for such a fantastic cause.

The work of Book Aid International is incredibly important. When I pause to think about the joy, experiences and opportunities I have been fortunate enough to experience through access to books, I am incredibly grateful. Even those who are not avid readers would have to agree that they would not have had certain doors opened to them without the information and understanding obtained from a book.

Reading is knowledge and knowledge is power. Books are the tools that provide people with the power to build a bright future for themselves and their communities. Where would we be without disease-fighting scientists, inspirational teachers or life-saving doctors – and where would they be without books?

So if you’re reading this, please share this post or donate via my JustGiving page or just come down and cheer me on with Henry! I will be very grateful and you will be supporting a brilliant cause.


Huge thanks to Elaine for literally going that extra mile to support our work!

If you can, please support Elaine via her JustGiving page. We wish her the best of luck with the race and look forward to hearing how it went!