Granddaughter of Dolphin Bar founder Ken Rogers set to run Cardiff Half Marathon
11:04am Friday 20th September 2013 in News
A BARRY woman is set to run the Cardiff Half Marathon in memory of her grandfather on what would have been his 69th birthday.
Kirsty Rogers, 28, is also raising money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research in Wales by taking part in the race on Sunday, October 6.
Her grandfather Ken Rodgers, the founder of the Dolphin Bar on Barry Island, died of Leukaemia on June 15, 2000
Kirsty, of the Waterfront, said she was looking forward to running the 13.1mile race in memory of her grandfather.
“I have been wanting to do it for a couple of years but never thought I would be able to finish it,” she said.
“It would have been my grandfathers birthday on October 6, so I decided to run it for charity in his memory.
“I have done a lot for charity but have never raised money for Leukaemia before.”
Kirsty, who has previously raised money for Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) by taking part in a 28 mile walk, has never run a half marathon before.
“I’m a bit nervous about it,” she said.
“I watched the Great North Run recently and Mo Farah ran it in just over an hour, but I’m just hoping to do it in under three hours!”
Kirsty, who is hoping to raise over £200 by running the half marathon, said she had been training for the race the last few weeks.
“I have done quite a lot of running up to about eight miles and run about three times a week,” she said.
“I ran the Cardiff 10k recently and felt knackered after that, and the half marathon is just over double that.”
Kirsty, who has previously run the Race for Life and climbed Snowdon in aid of charity, added: “I do like to do things for charity where I find it challenging.
“Once you finish it you feel like you’ve done something worthwhile .”
Kirsty added that her next fundraising challenge will be completing the Three Peaks challenge in aid of SADS next year.
“We are hoping to get a group of us to do it, so we can get individuals to raise £200 each to help pay for a defibrillator for Barry Rugby Club as they cost about £1,000.”
You can sponsor Kirsty at www.justgiving.com/kirsty-rogers4, by texting the code KENR69 to 70070 or behind the bar at the Dolphin Bar.