Bambisanani debut at London Marathon

Dr Chris Rowley has become the first person to complete the London Marathon in aid of the Bambisanani Partnership.

Chris is a Senior Lecturer in Sports Psychology at Leeds Trinity University and is heavily involved in the partnership organising student volunteer visits to South Africa to work on the various Bambisanani programmes.

Speaking after completing the marathon a delighted Chris said:

“I had always wanted to run a marathon and have often found myself envious of friends and family members who had already ticked it off their respective bucket lists! Once I found out that I had obtained a ballot entry into the London Marathon 2019, it was an absolute no brainer that I would try and raise some funds for the Bambisanani Partnership. It is a charity that is so close to my heart, and I am fortunate enough to be able to personally vouch for the excellent work that the various partner institutions (including Leeds Trinity University where I currently work) undertake, both in the UK and in South Africa. Indeed some of my own personal highlights from visiting KwaZulu-Natal as part of the partnership had helped to keep me motivated during training, giving me good reason to smile on those cold, dark winter morning long-runs. Getting to talk to people about the partnership as part of my fundraising, and wear my Bambisanani vest on race day was just the silver lining on a really enjoyable overall experience. Thanks to the kindness shown by family members, friends and colleagues, we have been able to raise over £600 which I know will be put to very good use. Thanks to all who donated and to everyone who supported me and offered advice in relation to the marathon. I loved every minute of it!"

Chairman of the Bambisanani Partnership, David Geldart added:

“Chris deserves tremendous credit for this tremendous achievement and all the hard work that has gone into it. We are truly grateful for his fundraising which will support our valuable work in one of South Africa’s poorest regions. Feats like this are always inspirational so we are hoping that others may follow Chris in the future and participate in sponsored events on behalf of the partnership. Last year former St. Mary’s student and Bambisanani volunteer Alessandra Valle-Metaxas completed the Great North Run for the partnership so we are hoping that running for Bambisanani becomes a regular event.”

Anyone interested in representing the Bambisanani Partnership in any form of sponsored event should contact Mrs Catherine Chattoe: c.chattoe@stmarysmenston.org