Fundraiser Rachel Webster Prepares For London Marathon

11th March 2019

Rachel Webster, who herself served in the Army for 26 years, has decided to take on the challenge of running this year’s London Marathon in support of the Chelsea Pensioners.

Rachel with Tony Hunt

In preparation for the 26.2 mile London Marathon, Rachel completed her first ever half Marathon in London on Sunday, finishing in just over 2 hours.

Rachel is being ably supported and trained by Chelsea Pensioner, Tony Hunt, who has been at the Royal Hospital since January 2017. Tony has run 42 marathons and 5 ultra-runs in locations across the world including Chicago, Berlin and Oslo. His first marathon in the mid-60’s was the Ben Nevis, his last marathon was in 2011. Tony also has an enviable record of completing a marathon in under 3 hours, achieving his fastest time of 2:59:05.

Tony has produced a detailed training schedule with the projected times that Rachel should be aiming to achieve if she is to complete the London Marathon in her target time.

Rachel said ‘it is great having Tony always available at the end of the phone to discuss my progress and to offer me encouragement’'.

While Tony works with Rachel on the training side, Chelsea Pensioner Nick Clark is acting as chief publicist and supporting Rachel in her fundraising. As an incentive to sponsor Rachel and help her achieve her fundraising target, a friend has donated a bespoke 22 SAS bottle of port. The winner of this wonderful prize will be decided by a draw after the marathon.

Rachel obtained her own place and decided that given her long connection and support for The Royal Hospital and the Chelsea Pensioners she would use her participation to help raise funds for the Hospital’s Scarlets Appeal.

If you wish to sponsor Rachel and help raise funds for the Scarlet Appeal please visit: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-portal/fundraiserPage?pageId... or Whether you’d like to take on a challenge like Rachel, or raise money for the Royal Hospital through an event or sale, our Fundraising Team are here to help. Call 020 7881 5516 or email appeal@chelsea-pensioners.org.uk to find out more.

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