On July 10th and 11th I will be joining Ben and many others by running The Race to Stones 100k race.

On April 21st 2019, dear family friends of ours suffered an unimaginable tragedy as a result of the Sri Lanka Easter bombings. Ben and Anita Nicholson were travelling in Sri Lanka with their two children Alex aged 14 and Annabel aged 11 when a bomb was detonated in the hotel restaurant they were visiting. Tragically Anita, Alex and Annabel were killed instantly leaving Ben as the sole family survivor. For us as a family it was a heart-breaking day when we heard the news, we were close friends, our children attended the same school in Singapore, the boys played rugby at the same club and the Nicholson’s had just spent New Year staying with us here in Winchester.

I am training to run the race this July with Ben and whilst the 100km race is challenge enough the training has been “fun” and between March and June, I will clock up in excess of 500 miles in preparation including 16 half marathons! The race itself starts in Lewknor Oxfordshire and finishes at the famous Avebury Circle in Wiltshire.


Gary Fowle