Highfield and Brookham's Estate Manager Raises Money For Charity With 100 Mile Run
On the 8th June 2019 Highfield's Estate Manager, Guy Baber will be taking part in the South Downs Way 100 mile race. This is a foot race taking in the entire South Downs Way National Trail. The course travels along the chalk ridgeway, starting just outside of Winchester, the capital city of Saxon England and heading due east until the trail ends in Eastbourne. The South Downs tower over Southern England affording runners awe inspiring views north across the Weald and south across the coast and the Channel.
Guy is aiming to raise £2000 for two charities: Acorn Children's Hospice and Highreach Holidays. Guy’s niece, Amalie, got very ill when she was 2 years old and suffered from brain damage, leaving her disabled and needing 24 hour care and support. The Acorn Children’s Hospice, has three locations in Walsall, Worcester and Selly Oak, and continues to support Amalie, and her family.
Highreach Holidays is a small volunteer-run organisation that provides an annual week-long residential holiday for amazing children like Amalie and young adults, aged 8 -16 years old, with a range of learning difficulties, who may also have physical disabilities or medical conditions. It allows them to enjoy an incredible week full of memorable experiences in the safe environment here at Highfield and Brookham Schools. It also provides crucial respite for the families of these children.
Guy Baber is the Estate Manager here at Highfield and Brookham Schools, and his three children, Joey, Tully and Morgan, all attend the schools. His wife Sophie Baber, is also the Headteacher of Brookham.
Guy Baber says,
“I have always loved running but never been built for speed, so decided to give the London Marathon a go and enjoyed it so much I did it again and again. After that I just rocked up to longer and longer races until my brother and I took on and completed the Marathon De Sable.”
Guy had to take a few years out from ultra-running after starting a family, moving overseas and enjoying playing rugby. However, after a neck injury he took it up again.
“Fast forward a couple of years and a few more races, including the Gobi Challenge, I am now here attempting the SDW100.”
Although Guy has completed many running events this will be his longest single race.
Guy finishes by saying,
“The hardest thing about training is trying to fit it in around kids and work! What keeps me going on the long races?...breaking down the race stage by stage, the food (you can eat as much as you like!), the peace, the challenge and just enjoying it. I cannot wait to cross the finish line and give Soph and the boys a (sweaty) hug!”
You can support Guy and the wonderful charities he is running for at pledgit.net/guybaber2019
To find out more about the charities and the life-changing work they do visit acorns.org.uk and highfieldschool.org.uk/extra-dimensions/highreach-holidays