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Man running 13-miles to raise funds for national sports charity to help change the lives of youngsters

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A man from South Norwich in Norfolk will be running the Great North Run Reimagined this weekend to raise money for national charity The Mintridge Foundation after the Great East Run was unfortunately cancelled this year due to COVID restrictions.

The GNR Reimagined event on Sunday 13th September is a virtual running campaign in which people can take part across the country. David Henshaw, a local businessman, decided to take part after a conversation he had with his son during the lockdown. Luka, aged 23, spurred him on to sign up and it was a great opportunity for them both to keep fit and spend time together whilst training.

David will be running his 13 miles on Sunday through the beautiful countryside of South Norwich on both hilly and flat paths and will have family and friends watching along the route and at the finish line to cheer him on. Iona Lake, the Mintridge Steeplechase ambassador also trains in this area so may cross tracks.

He is running to raise vital funds to support a charity that resonates with both himself and his family. The Mintridge Foundation helps young people improve their confidence and wellbeing through the power of sport and David was so inspired by the charity he has even encouraged his daughter to take up a work placement there.

David said:

“I saw the founder of Mintridge, Alex Wallace, speak at an Institute of Directors event in Norwich some years ago and was completely hooked on the inspirational story of the charity. As a family, we have always enjoyed sport and see the huge importance in the lives of young people to be engaged. I followed the progress of Mintridge and mentioned to my daughter Maya that she should get in touch for her upcoming placement year from Loughborough University.

“I am really looking forward to the run this weekend after months of training and more importantly looking forward to raising money for this fantastic charity. I am very grateful for the kind donations I have already received.”

Daughter Maya, aged 21, is currently studying at Loughborough University and is on a work placement with the charity which she began at the start of the month.

Maya said:

“I am really enjoying my placement so far, even though it has only been a week! It is a big change from normal University life as the days go so quickly but a great introduction to the ‘real working world’!

“I chose the charity as Mintridge’s aspirations and goals are incredibly similar to mine in terms of using sport and role models in a positive way to address sociological issues as well as improving physical and mental wellbeing. I have always loved sports and have played pretty much every one throughout school, but my favourite sport is netball! It is great to be able to work with Mintridge on their netball programmes, in particular a programme with Pamela Cookey and selected BAME ballers which is proving very successful.”

You can find out more about The Mintridge Foundation and how to fundraise for the charity yourself by visiting https://www.mintridgefoundation.org.uk/.

The Mintridge Foundation are also looking for people to run the Vitality 10k on their behalf, which takes place from 24th October 2020.

Find out more and register here to run and raise money for Mintridge – www.vitalitylondon10000.co.uk

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