Winner's Story - Chantelle Frazier
Thursday 19 Jan 2023
Chantelle Frazier was our ladies’ overall winner in the 2022 Hospice 2 Hospice half marathon with a time of 1 hour 33 minutes and 22 seconds. Here are her thoughts on taking part for the third time in the race.
I had a number of reasons for signing up to the H2H. Most importantly, Jersey Hospice is very close to my heart. A while back my Grandad was looked after by Jersey Hospice Care, so donating money towards such a great charity makes me feel like together we can help other people receive care.
Secondly, the course is great! My Dad helped to come up with the route and with my family living in St Ouen and my husband and I living in St John, we’ve run the route quite a lot! 2022 was my third time running the route, the first year my husband, dad and I completed it during the pandemic as a virtual race, the second year my husband and I did it together just after getting married which was quite special! And of course we weren’t going to miss out on the third time, especially with it resulting in my win and my husband coming second in the men’s race.
My half marathon personal best time is 1 hour and 27 minutes and it’s my favourite event. It’s not as long and tough as a marathon but enough time to have a lot of fun and challenge yourself! I have completed various other half marathons in the UK and in France, however Hospice 2 Hospice is my favourite! As well as taking part in all three of the Hospice 2 Hospice half marathons, my husband and I have completed a handcuff half marathon in 2020 through to 2021 to also raise money for Jersey Hospice Care.
I have also completed the Jersey marathon 3 times and was lucky to finish 3rd women this year, which was an achievement I’m really proud of.
If you have never run a half marathon before, this is definitely the one to enter! The course is a lovely and scenic A to B with the advantage of the last 5k being pretty much downhill! It is a really well organised event and it is clear to see how much effort goes into making it a great event. The route is easily accessible which makes it great to get support on the day from family and friends as well as other spectators along the route. The volunteers and marshalls all work hard to make the race really safe and enjoyable. There is no better way to finish than at Clarkson House itself with a very rewarding hot cup of coffee and a cupcake!
There is also the bonus that the run takes place at the end of March giving you a good solid 10 week training block after Christmas when everyone’s raring to go for a new challenge and of course shift a few pounds!
Most importantly, the run is helping Jersey Hospice Care and every entry fee and pound of sponsorship money helps them to support wonderful people like my Grandad.
So, get yourself signed up! It’s a great goal to set yourself and a great charity to support. I hope this year is even bigger and more successful than the last 3 have been!
Registration for the Hospice 2 Hospice half marathon is £27 for individuals and £45 for a two-person relay. Runners can sign up at www.jerseyhospicecare.com/events. The marathon starts at the charity’s fundraising shop in St Ouen, loops around the stunning country lanes nearby before heading through St John to the finish at Hospice, Mont Cochon.