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Rosie’s Story

Rosie Glenister, a lady determined not to be defined by her age, will be marking her 60th birthday this year by proving that age has no boundaries, and challenging herself to run the Leicester Marathon.

Her milestone birthday will be celebrated on 19th September, just a few weeks ahead of this year’s 26-mile race. 

“I’ve always watched the London Marathon and wanted be part of an event like it,” said Rosie.

“As I’m turning 60, I thought, why not do it now? What a way to remember my 60th year!”

Rosie is by no means new to pushing herself. A hockey player and keen sportswoman, she took up running four years ago now, completing a half-marathon earlier this year. She has, however, never attempted the full 26-mile distance.

As well as marking her 60th birthday, Rosie will also be running to raise money for Wigston’s Birkett House School, which caters for students with learning difficulties.

“The school gets provided with the basics required for these children but the ‘Friends of Birkett House’ raise funds for the added extras that make a real difference to the lives of the children that go there,” added Rosie, who is a treasurer for the charity.

“The money raised will help fund things like extra equipment and social events for the children and their families to enjoy.”

Like so many other runners, the coronavirus outbreak has created a few obstacles for Rosie, including putting a halt on training with a local running group.

“It’s difficult to keep motivated when you’re having to train on your own,” she said.

“But I’m trying to remain as positive as I can.

“I jumped out of a plane when I turned 50, I’m doing a marathon to mark my 60th, now I just need to think about what I plan for my 70th!”

If you would like to sponsor Rosie, then visit: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RosieGlenister

Feeling inspired by Rosie? You can sign up for the Leicester Marathon or Half-Marathon and take on an amazing challenge for yourself here


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