Our Chief Executive, Deryck Newland is running - not one - but two races to raise money for Play to the Crowd this Autumn.
by Play to the Crowd in Winchester, Hampshire, United Kingdom
Over the last eighteen months, support from our community has been fantastic and we are so grateful to everyone who donated to our Survival Appeal, came to Hat Fair, have booked tickets to Theatre Royal Winchester and participated in some way with Playmakers.
However, we still need to raise money so we can continue to provide brilliant live performance and participation and Delight and Unite our communities. We exist for you. Together we can keep live performance alive!
This is Deryck’s story…
“Way back in May 2007 I gave up smoking. I decided to train for a marathon instead, having never really run before. I googled 'marathons close to me' and found The Clarendon Marathon in the first week of October. I had no idea what I was letting myself in for! I suffered. I hit the wall. But I made it round in 4 hours and 28 minutes.
Since then I have run quite a few marathons including London, Bournemouth and, most recently the Goring Gap Marathon. None have hurt me so much as that first one. I have always promised myself that I would have another go at it and so here I am: 14 years older and a stone heavier and obviously no wiser!
There is unfinished business and I am determined, despite advancing years, to achieve a better time for it than 4.28. Also, I now work in Winchester, one end of The Clarendon Marathon.
We have also all been through the most challenging time with the pandemic and arts charities that rely on venues like the one I work for have been particularly hard hit.
So I am raising money, by having another bash at The Clarendon Marathon, for the charity I lead: Play to the Crowd, which delivers Theatre Royal Winchester, Hat Fair and Playmakers for our local communities.
Just to make it tougher I stupidly (and without checking the calendar) have also put myself down for the Winchester Half Marathon just two weeks before!
So: Please sponsor me to run:
The Winchester Half Marathon on Sunday 19th September 2021
The Clarendon Marathon on Sunday 3rd October 2021
Thank you so much in advance for your support!"