Right beautiful people, I'll keep this brief.
On 17th May I'm going to attempt the Great Wall of China Half Marathon in Beijing. Only a half I hear you cry? Well yes - but before you put away your wallets, it's considered one of the hardest marathons in the world with a gruelling 5,164 steps up (some as tall as your thigh) in the first 7kms. So that, coupled with 3 severely dodgy discs in my back and a recent bad case of pneumonia which took me out of training for almost 6 weeks, means that my half marathon here is your fit persons 'marathon de sables'. Want proof of the crazy? Watch this... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kF_08QYo-Ec
For all who know me, you know rugby is one of my life's passions. Proud Rosslyn Park ladies section founding player and VP, now HK Society Referee and roving Pirates RFC coach and senior section manager - it's fair to say I live, eat and breathe rugby. So it seems most fitting that I'm going to complete this challenge for a truly fantastic rugby charity - 'Operation Breakthrough'.
Operation Breakthrough uses rugby and other sport as a means to help, rehabilitate and positively reinforce behaviour in young people from disadvantaged backgrounds or families: helping to fight crime and juvenile delinquency amongst low income and immigrant communities and helping them to develop into responsible and positive thinking adults.
The charity is run by a fabulous set of volunteers and the money raised specifically from this endeavour will go towards a planned 2014-2015 season rugby tour for the boys who play for the Breakthrough Team here in HK.
SimplyGiving.com is a safe and easy way to donate and I'm going to hound every single person I know to help me get to my target. Please, please dig deep and help give these young men some wonderful sporting memories.
Sally Leonard (Rosslyn Park RFC UK, Pirates RFC HK, HK Society Referee and mate of you all)