Rodney's ❤ Trotters - Donation
We were delighted to welcome Rodney's Trotters to our last meeting. Rodney Wateridge was a member of the Boldre Club and a Parkinson's sufferer, and the Trotter's ran to raise money in his memory. Full story below.
Photo right : Treasurer Ray Knieriem receives a cheque for £1345 from Sharon and the Trotters.
Photo below ; Rodney's wife Gwen and daughters Jaqueline and Linda.
Rodney's ❤ Trotters - Our Story
by Sharon Anderson
We are 5 friends who run regularly from Boldre Club where we are all members. We have taken part in some running events including a 10k and the New Forest half marathon.
We decided we needed more of an adventurous challenge. Jackie wanted to compete in a sponsored run to raise money for her late father who suffered from Parkinson's.
One night we got thinking... Boldre Club is in its 125th year. Rodney was a treasured lifelong member of the club. He was quietly spoken and extremely funny, respected by all. His sense of humour has passed on to his grandchildren. He was much loved, missed and still spoken of often.
First of all we gave ourselves a name. What better name than Rodney's ❤Trotters, than to combine both 125 years and 125 miles.
So off we ran......and we ran some more over the beautiful New Forest. We ran through 2 horrendous thunderstorms along the sea wall. We had one early morning run finishing watching the sunrise and eating bacon butties, well deserved after accomplishing our furthest 14 mile run crossing the border into Dorset. We witnessed spectacular wildlife, deer, buzzards, hares,the first foals and first bats. We were even joined by a cuckoo on every run.
So there we all were enjoying our runs thinking we had made great progress with 52 miles remaining when one of our sponsors set us a bigger challenge. If we were to add 50 miles each to the total he would double Jackie's sponsorship money and add £250. With a nod and a wink to each other we agreed to accept the challenge.
With the running came the injuries, achy knees, prolapse discs, numerous blisters, loss of toenails, sore plantars and hayfever, affecting Jackie's asthma , so now with very tired legs our giggles and theme tune we adopted, not to mention the bond us girlies share got us through our (now) 175 mile challenge. So this 875 miles total, 6.6 marathons each, new trainers needed, toenails regrowing, blisters popped, ice production slowing down we are pleased to announce that we raised £2450.
This we decided to break down 3 ways.
- Just giving page Parkinson's UK £105
- Due to us being local lasses and Rodney was a valued villager himself, we were hoping the money would stay local. As Rodney suffered from Parkinson's and sadly passed away in 2014 he received great support from the New Forest branch. They visited him at home and the family were very grateful for the help and support they received. We donated £1345 to Parkinson's UK New Forest branch.
- This leaves our beloved Boldre Club. Being 125 years old it is need of some TLC. We donated £1000. New members and new faces are always welcome......Running is not compulsory.
Jackie Wateridge, Brenda Minchington, Loraine Norris, Donna Drodge and Sharon Anderson are so grateful for all who sponsored us and for the support received.