Three celebrated sailing sportswomen are set to take a leap of faith into the realm of endurance running when they line up for the ABP Southampton Half Marathon on Sunday (23 April). Dee Caffari MBE (pictured), Helena Lucas MBE and Sarah Ayton OBE, will be among the 10,000 runners expected to be taking part in Southampton’s biggest ever running event.
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ABP Southampton Marathon and the supporting half marathon, 10k and mile fun run is supported by Associated British Ports and the route features an exciting mixture of coast, city and parks, taking in some iconic landmarks such as the spectacular Itchen Bridge at the 4-5 mile point.
The three sailors are taking part to raise money for Sail 4 Cancer, event partner Sunsail’s chosen charity, and have been training hard on land in addition to their usual sailing exploits. Dee, who famously became the first woman to have sailed single-handed and non-stop around the world in both directions, said: “To push yourself outside your comfort zone and test the boundaries you naturally set yourself is difficult, but compared to the challenges that face sufferers of cancer and their families each day, it is nothing.”
Helena added: “I am really looking forward to running in ABP Southampton Half Marathon as part of Team Sunsail. This will be my first half marathon and I couldn’t think of a better charity to be running for. It will certainly inspire me to push on to the finish when my legs start feeling tired!"
For Sarah, taking part in ABP Southampton Half Marathon forms part of training for her latest challenge – to become a jockey! The double Olympic sailing gold medallist is currently training to take part in The Magnolia Cup at Goodwood on 3 August.
Sunsail is the official sailing partner of the ABP Southampton Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K. Dee and Helena are Sunsail ambassadors and work with the sailing firm to inspire more people to take up on-water sports.
The race programme incorporates mile fun runs for all aged over 2 years and those aged 8-15 can compete for prizes in their local School's Challenge.
Full details are at the official race website.