On 18 June Chantelle Brandwood, 33, from Oldham, took on ‘The Wall’ running race, following Hadrian’s wall from Carlisle to the millennium bridge in Newcastle, covering an outstanding 69 miles. Chantelle was fundraising for Brooke to help working horses and donkeys around the world.
Chantelle Brandwood, who works for Denplan in Winchester, ran with friend Catriona Curtis, a vet who raised funds for Macmillan. Both runners braved the northern outdoors with 600 other runners and enjoyed beautiful weather and scenery while completing the momentous challenge.
Chantelle has been a Brooke supporter for many years, and interested in the welfare of horses since a she was eight years old. From the age of 11, Chantelle took care of her own pony, Bridey and they remained together until Bridey passed away at the age of 26.
"Around midnight, some people even started dropping out near the finish line. The last 4 miles felt longer than the rest of the day altogether"
“As an avid reader of Horse & Rider magazine, I was shocked when I read about the Brooke’s news pieces that highlighted the contrasts between life of horses in Britain, and those elsewhere around the world. This fuelled my wish to help the malnourished and exhausted horses and donkeys that the Brooke supports.”
Chantelle’s training for the event was by no means a walk in the park. Although she intended to do at least 35 miles over two days before the run, work and a busy day-to-day life got in the way, and she only managed 14. She had also hoped to train with her faithful companion Oreo the dog, but after injuring her Achilles tendon she had to rest, so Chantelle had to go at it alone. She said:
“I was quite nervous before I started, and it was definitely tough, but Catriona and I were able to talk each other through it, and we were lucky to have support from our partners at the pit stops.
As the race reached the 15 hour mark, the night got cold, and Chantelle said the last pit stop was the hardest point.
“Around midnight, some people even started dropping out near the finish line. The last 4 miles felt longer than the rest of the day altogether.”
Chantelle finished the race in just over 18hrs at 2am. She raised £1300 - £500 of which was a one-off donation from Denplan, her employer. Chantelle is still fundraising so if you would like to sponsor her, visit her Virgin Money Giving page
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