Angela Brett, Freya Hanna and Tamara Skoulding will be lacing up their trainers as they take on this ‘mammoth’ challenge this May in support of the youth charity close to their hearts.

In it’s inaugural year, Norfolk based youth charity OPEN Youth Trust (OPEN) are proud to be an associated charity partner of North Norfolk’s very first Mammoth Marathon on Sunday 17th May,  Norfolk’s first full road race marathon since 1990.

With the scenic course passing many local landmarks and areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty across Norfolk’s stunning coastline, both the full and half marathon have now unsurprisingly sold out.

OPEN are encouraging runners to run on behalf of their charity as they gear up to cheer on three of their employees, Angela, Freya and Tamara, taking part in the race in support of the youth charity close to their hearts.

Tamara, Head of HR, having only recently taken up running, is gearing up for her first major running challenge: I took up running in Summer 2019 as a way of managing the daily stresses I face as a working single mum - I found that even 20 minutes of running 3 times a week gave me an outlet to clear my head and manage those feelings of stress and anxiety a lot more effectively. Having never run more than 5k before entering this, I decided I needed to set myself a much bigger personal challenge to run a half marathon. Alongside my fabulous colleagues, who no doubt will give that extra support and encouragement, I am determined to cross the finish line - even if it’s crawling! The pain of those long training sessions, out in all weathers and the pain I will no doubt experience on the day, will all be worth it if more awareness of this wonderful charity and additional fundraising for them is achieved.”

Angela, Development Manager, however, completed a half marathon previously but was not expecting to run another so soon: “I swore I would never run a half marathon again after experiencing a really tough time during my last half,  but this time around I have been driven by my colleagues who encouraged me to do it.  Doing something like this with friends and colleagues is so rewarding, as you encourage each other to do the training together, even when you really don’t feel like it.  Raising money for a charity that I have a connection with makes all the hard work worthwhile.”

Freya, Finance Assistant, another experienced runner, has also raced before but not on such hilly terrain: “I agreed to the Mammoth Marathon a while back without realising the enormity of it, however now that it is fast approaching the thought of those hills and the distance is creating some moderate panic!  Having Angela and Tamara as motivational support has been invaluable, alongside my little dog who is always up for a morning run. Running in itself brings its own rewards but using this an opportunity to help support the youth of Norfolk will make this challenge a further level of rewarding.”

Sponsorship can be made via Angela, Freya and Tamara’s JustGiving page.

OPEN are encouraging those with a space to join their colleagues in running for their charity in support of the disadvantaged young people they help. The road race style also allows for many easy access spectator areas, allowing friends and family to join in to in cheering runners on.

Harriet Davies, Fundraising Coordinator said; Our preventative core services are due to end this May – in just 4 months’ time. Early prevention is key and with your sponsorship we will be able to reach out to Norfolk's vulnerable young people and act one step sooner to stop them reaching crisis point. So please dig deep and consider running for our charity if you’d been lucky (or unlucky) enough to grab a space. In supporting this challenge, you will play a vital role in saving young lives.”

If you have a space in either marathon and would like to register your interest to run on behalf of the charity, please contact Harriet who will kit you out with everything you will need to get fundraising, from sponsorship forms to your very own OPEN running vest, kindly sponsored by Caroline, MD of Workshops Work Ltd who deliver training and development solutions such as  bespoke workshops, team-building events, 1-2-1 coaching and MBTI® profiling, to a wide range of organisations and businesses.

Click here for more information and a map of the course.

Notes to readers:

Organised by North Norfolk District Council in partnership with the North Norfolk Beach Runners, the event will highlight the Council’s Deep History Coast project, where competitors and spectators alike will be able to take in the stunning scenery of North Norfolk’s Deep History Coast, in particular the site where the West Runton mammoth was discovered.

The 26.2 mile marathon will start at 9.30am in idyllic Sea Palling and then follow the coastal road through the county’s scenic villages to the finish line at the finishing village at Sheringham High School.

Competitors also have the opportunity to take part in a half marathon, taking place on the same day from Mundesley and also finishing at Sheringham High School, where OPEN will be offering service information and craft activities on the day for young spectators.