Engaged couple Katharine Coldman and Mark Richardson are bringing a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘tying the knot’ by taking part in a three-legged half marathon on behalf of British based Kenyan charity African Promise.
To celebrate their recent engagement and ahead of their wedding next year, African Promise founder’s sister Katharine and her fiancé Mark (or “Kat and Dickie” as they are known), have decided to celebrate their engagement by taking on the 13.1mile Royal Parks Half Marathon course whilst joined at the ankle.
Katharine’s brother, Charles, established African Promise 10 years ago and has since been working tirelessly to improve the lives of thousands of school children in rural Kenya through educational programmes, nutritional schemes and improved sanitary facilities.
The charity serves a cluster of schools in the isolated Kasigau region of South East Kenya, supporting more than 2,600 disadvantaged children.
To date, the longest they have so far run as a three-legged pair is ‘just’ three miles, so they are aiming to raise an incredible £10,000 by completing the greater distance.
And as if running tied together wasn’t enough of a challenge, as African Promise’s primary role is working with schools in rural Kenya, they have also decided to run wearing colouring pencil costumes.
We have been training separately over the last few months and finally did our first three-legged run recently in New York. We received some strange looks (which surprised us somewhat given the bizarre sights you often see in New York!) but we managed to complete the session without falling over and without falling out! A great success!”
– Katharine Coldman
Ahead of the race in October, they have already raised 46% of their £10,000 target.
If you would like to support Kat and Dickie in their fundraising three-legged challenge, you can do so via their JustGiving page.