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HBST Friends and Trustees Running and Rowing for Gold


The trustees are delighted to provide an update on the sporting endeavours of its Friends and Trustees, and the very healthy financial resources generated for our charity from such sporting events.

Starting with the magnificent efforts of three Friends of HBST that ran the 2019 London Marathon in support of our charity, the books have recently closed on their fundraising for this event and we are delighted to announce that through their tremendous endeavours, Rob Illingworth, Sabbir Khandokar and Daniel Storr raised more than £10,000 for HBST. The trustees wish to offer our sincere thanks and gratitude to Rob, Sabbir and Daniel (and all their sponsors!) and to our Patron Peter Phillips who assisted the runners in securing places for the marathon.

Anyone out there who’d like to consider running the 2020 London Marathon in aid of HBST?


The organisers of the London Marathon reported this year that over half of the runners in 2019 had never run a marathon before, so no

previous experience required! Over £1 billion has been raised by London Marathon runners since the first marathon in 1981, so it’s an extraordinary sporting fundraising event to participate in. If you are tempted to step up, drop an email to our sporting events trustee, Ollie Cook (, who can take you through the steps required for registration etc, and provide you with some training tips.

Don’t leave it too late though, as there’s plenty of competition for London Marathon fundraising places and also because Ollie’s time outside a rowing boat is set to become rather limited. Ollie recently won gold as part of the GB Men’s Four at the European Rowing Championship on Lake Rotsee in Switzerland, a wonderful further achievement on top of the many successes in his rowing career. The current rowing season serves as qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, so we wish Ollie all the very best in his pursuit of Olympian participation as the next major milestone as an oarsman.

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