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Val Kirby's Run for Restoration

A Marathon Run for Restoration

Cotswold Canals Trust member and funding bid convenor Val Kirby is reaching the peak of her training regime to run the Bristol to Bath Marathon on Sunday 25th October.

Funding bid leader

Since June 2013, between training runs, Val Kirby has been leading a team of volunteers preparing the Heritage Lottery Fund bid to restore the next key stage of the restoration; the four mile length of the Stroudwater Navigation between Saul Junction and Stonehouse.

Benefits for all

Restoration of the four mile waterway channel will join the Stroudwater Navigation to 2,500 miles of navigable waterways in the UK.

Completion of this stage of the restoration will produce a range of benefits for all.

A beautiful, quiet, canal corridor, rich in wildlife, for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy in so many ways.

For some, canoeing or boating along the restored channel, whilst others may prefer to wander & ponder, cycle or run along the restored towpath.

Training on the towpath

Val Kirby chooses to run alongside waterways whenever and wherever she can!

The photos right were taken on the Thames & Severn towpath at Wallbridge in Stroud.

The fact that Val is running to raise funds for the restoration is clearly emblazoned on the front and back of Val's CCT corporate green running top.

Bristol to Bath

Val will be running the Bristol to Bath Marathon with 7,000 other runners

Incidentally, the marathon route runs parallel with, and sometimes along, the towpath of the Kennet & Avon Canal.

Val explains…

“I enjoy long distance running. I find it gives me time for uninterrupted thinking and planning.

"The Saul to Stonehouse restoration funding bid for £15 million will be submitted in November 2015.

"The Cotswold Canals Trust is committed to raising a further £5 million in its own right. We already know where some of that £5 million will come from, but we will need quite a bit more to 'top up the pot' as it were.

"Every little helps, every pound will make a difference.  It occurred to me that these days people can now make charity donations so easily on-line. So I have set up a JustGiving page for people to do just that. And of course… thank you if you do!"

Trust Members will also find some donation pledge posters at the Vistor Centres at Saul and Wallbridge

  • Click here, or on either picture above, to go Val's JustGiving page
  • Click here, or on the route map below, to read more about the Bristol to Bath Marathon