6 Mar

Rugby Player Aims For Bournemouth Grand Slam

Robert Constable

A former county rugby player is bidding for a unique ‘Grand Slam’ at the Bournemouth Marathon Festival this October. Robert Constable of Poole will attempt to complete all four races in the third staging of the Dorset event consisting of Marathon, Half Marathon, Supersonic 10K and Speed of Light 5K on 3-4 October.

The 22-year-old will undertake the monumental challenge to raise funds for Julia’s House, a local Children’s Hospice charity.

A promising rugby player, he has turned to running in recent years. “I played for Poole High School, Lytchett Minster Rugby Club and for Dorset. But I dislocated my shoulder one too many times and since then I have been running. I have run five marathons and am also doing some triathlons now for variety. I am just starting to run again now after three months out with a knee injury. But I cycle 15 miles every day and I swim every other day.”

He is also targeting an ironman distance triathlon next year. “So, hopefully these four races will be a fine addition to my training plan!” he says.

An employee at Oak Telecom, Constable has ran the full 26.2mile distance at 2013 and 2014 Bournemouth Marathon Festivals. But he was motivated to take on all four events after completing the marathon last year. “It was seeing and hearing about some other people that had ran all four events and I thought ‘I can do that.’ I like to challenge myself and I always choose the hardest event.”

He also explained why he chose to raise funds for Julia’s House. “It is a local charity who do great work. One of my friends from school has a child who goes to the hospice and I know they take great care of them. At Oak Telecom, we do quite a bit of work with Julia’s House and it will be nice to help them out.”

To sponsor Robert, visit his Just Giving page