Abi Campbell, Lecturer at the Faculty of Sport, Leisure &Tourism of Exeter College is tackling the gruelling 26 mile Virgin London Marathon on Sunday 21 April. Exeter-based Abi is running the Virgin London marathon to raise money for Fields in Trust, the only national charity protecting and improving outdoor recreational space. Spending every day teaching about sport and leisure is not enough for Abi: she wanted to spend her spare time training and raising money for the charity which promotes the importance of enjoying parks, sports fields and other outdoor spaces.
Abi's local FIT field is Wonford Playing Fields in Exeter. It was protected by the charity last year as part of The QEII Fields Challenge - creating a grassroots legacy from the Diamond Jubilee. In recognition of this, the fields have been renamed the Queen Elizabeth II Playing Fields. It is fitting then that Abi will be raising money for a charity whose royal connections reach back to 1925 when it was founded by King George V; and which currently has The Queen as its Patron and The Duke of Cambridge as its new President. When she's not running, outdoor lover Abi can often be found kayaking down rivers in Devon
"Sport is an important thing in our communities for all ages, so the work Fields in Trust does is really vital" comments Abi. "I hadn't been doing much running before I started some intense marathon training but it's really exciting to be running for a charity which is supported by the Royal Family. I'm delighted by this opportunity. It's not often the opportunity comes around to run the London Marathon and I'm excited to do it! I have a Just Giving page so it makes it easy to sponsor me at whatever time of day from the comfort of your own home! http://www.justgiving.com/Abi-Campbell3 “
Abi is one of 5 runners for Fields in Trust (FIT) this year enjoying a marathon place thanks to places allocated to FIT by the Princes' Charities Forum. The Forum is an initative started by Prince William and Prince Harry in 2006 as a way of bringing together the charities which they support. Today it includes The Duchess of Cambridge's charities.