Search

Fundraise on the First: Recorder reporter gearing up for gruelling obstacle course

PUBLISHED: 09:20 13 March 2015 | UPDATED: 09:20 13 March 2015

Our reporter Harriet (third from left) with her Hampstead Ladies teammates

Our reporter Harriet (third from left) with her Hampstead Ladies teammates

Polly Hancock

An endurance challenge with a difference which tasks its participants with doing anything from throwing spears to leaping over flames awaits a Recorder reporter.

Hampstead Ladies are tackling a tough obstacle course for our campaign with First StepHampstead Ladies are tackling a tough obstacle course for our campaign with First Step

Harriet Orrell, 24, has signed up for the Spartan Race Sprint to raise money for our Fundraise on the First campaign.

She will join together with her teammates from Hampstead Ladies’ rugby club to tackle a tough three-mile course.

The challenge will be made harder by the fact that the 15 obstacles will not be revealed until May 15, the day the race kicks off in Allianz Park, London.

Harriet said: “We’re tackling the race as a team.

Journalists Laura Burnip, Harriet Orrell and Beth Wyatt are running in a 10K race to raise money for First StepJournalists Laura Burnip, Harriet Orrell and Beth Wyatt are running in a 10K race to raise money for First Step

“If someone is struggling to climb over a wall or complete an obstacle, we’ll help them.

“Our target is to raise £1,500 in total, that’s about £100 for each of the 15 girls competing. But hopefully we’ll smash that.”

Nurse Jessica Searle, 23, one of Harriet’s teammates, came up with the idea of the group tackling the sprint.

She said: “I’m a bit nervous because it’s my first charity event, but I’m excited because I’ll have my teammates with me.

“They are like my family, so when you achieve something you want them there with you and they’ll be in the moment with me.”

Harriet is not only competing in the race for First Step, she is also taking part in a fundraising 10k run with a dozen colleagues.

This will take place at Regent’s Park on July 5.

To help our staff and the rugby team raise much-needed funds for the charity, visit justgiving.com/FundraiseontheFirst and justgiving.com/hampsteadladiesdospartan.

We would love to hear from anyone joining in with the campaign.

To receive a fundraising pack from First Step, call 01708 556355 or visit firststep.org.uk.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Romford Recorder. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Romford Recorder