1st April 2003





A courageous member of staff from the University of Lincoln is busy training to take part in her first London Marathon on April 13th.


Rebecca Inkley – personal assistant to the Dean of the Faculty of Media and Humanities  – is preparing to run the 26 miles to raise funds for the ‘Adopt A Minefield’ campaign.


Rebecca (42) of South Park, Lincoln has been training four times a week since last October with the support of her husband Ray and two sons Benjamin (12) and Christopher (10).


To enable training to continue safely during the long winter nights, Rebecca invested in a treadmill which she uses three evenings a week. At the weekend the weekly routine is completed by a long outdoor run.


“It’s been a dream of mine from an early age to run the London Marathon and I’m really looking forward to it,” said Rebecca. “I probably wouldn’t have pushed myself to do it if it hadn’t been for our Vice Chancellor though.


“Professor David Chiddick send an email to everyone about the ‘Adopt a Minefield’ campaign and I thought it sounded like a really good cause.  I remembered that Princess Diana had quite a big involvement in landmines abroad so I decided to help them raise funds by running in an event.


“Although I can’t wait to do the run, the training has been a long slog and I have already decided to hang up my trainers for a well earned rest once it is completed.”


“I must say thanks to David Chiddick for the original motivation without which I would not be running the marathon, and thank you to all those who have sponsored me.”


The ‘Adopt-A-Minefield’ campaign is a programme of the United Nations Association of the USA, which engages individuals, community groups and businesses in the United Nations effort to resolve the global landmine crisis. The Campaign helps save lives by raising funds for mine clearance and survivor assistance and by raising awareness about the landmine problem.


So far Rebecca has over £500 sponsorship but is hoping to raise £1000 in total.  If you would like to sponsor Rebecca please contact her on 01522 886387 or email rinkley@lincoln.ac.uk.


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For more information contact: Gill Noakes, Press Assistant, University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886244 or Email: gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk

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