Local Woman Running to Raise Funds for R2R Veterans
Local personal trainer, Wendy Goldthorp, is set to take on her biggest challenge to date along the South West Coast Path to raise funds for the veterans organisation, Rock2Recovery (R2R). On the 17th of September, Wendy will set off just outside Newquay to complete 312 miles eventually finishing in Exmouth, where Rock2Recovery is based.
Ten years ago she competed in Marathon des Sables, a 156-mile ultra in Morocco for her 40th birthday, and at the time said she’d like to do something similar to mark her next decade. Originally intending to run 100 miles further than Marathon des Sables, Wendy has now decided to cover double the distance to make the challenge even harder.
Wendy, aged 50, who runs with the Teignbridge Trotters, has been training for the past 12 months during lockdown, fitting it in around her business and homeschooling and 3 house moves in a very short space of time. She is aiming to complete the challenge within 10 days, averaging a distance of 31.2 miles per day.
Seventeen years ago, she served as an Army Reserve in Iraq. About a year after her return, she first developed post-traumatic stress. During a particularly stressful period in her life in 2018, the post-traumatic stress returned.
Said Wendy, “The first time I experienced PTSD I had no idea what was going on. I tried to deal with it myself so it took me a while before I sought help.
In 2018 I experienced a relapse caused by extreme stress in my life. I knew I needed professional support quickly, but accessing treatment proved difficult. Before finding Rock2Recovery, I approached four different organisations for help and while sympathetic, they were unable to assist due to the particular stressor causing my condition, but one of them did direct me to R2R.
The ongoing coaching and support I have received from R2R has been priceless and I cannot thank them enough. I made a promise to myself that when I was in a position to do so, I would complete a challenge to raise funds for R2R. I know that my own experiences while serving are far from unique. R2R’s work is much needed to continue to support veterans. I have set myself a particularly demanding challenge – knowing that I’m doing it to support R2R will help get me through.”
If anyone is interested in following Wendy’s progress, they can do so when it goes live on Friday:https://events.geotracks.co.uk/live/835