Jimmy Flynn

So, back in 2011 my children told me that I was old, fat and unfit: Harsh, but fair! They suggested that I should take up some sport again and have a target ... The Bath Half 2012 ... and so I started running and joined Sherborne Touch. Sadly the BH was sold out so I had another year to train until 2013. My daughter beasted me through training including 11 miles over Cucklington Hill, but the result was a 2:21 finishing time ... not so shabby for a fat old man.

We raised over £2,500 for the RNLI and I thought that was it!

5 years later though, I have become involved again in my local rugby club, Sherborne RFC, volunteering to help with admin and to give back to the game a little of what it has given to me. I continue to play touch rugby twice a week, do the Henstridge Park Run every week, and have become a season ticket holder at Bath Rugby (so I can drink my own body weight in beer every now and again). I continue to struggle with my weight, but I'm fitter now than I was when I left school. I was going to run the Bath Half in 2018 but a split knee cartilage put paid to that. So here I am running for 2019 and all I want to do is finish in less than 2:21.

I discovered The Bath Rugby Foundation through being at The Rec and recognised the wonderful work they do. The Foundation is the charitable arm of Bath Rugby Club set up to empower all young people in Bath and surrounding areas to succeed.

Bath is a beautiful city, but behind the Georgian façade lies a different story. 20% of children in Bath are living in poverty and Bath Rugby Foundation exists to bridge the gap between the poorest and most affluent areas, and build a positive, supportive community. They use the values of rugby to inspire young people to create a better future for themselves. They focus on key areas of need in our community, specifically, improving Health, Education, Employability and Inclusion in the South West. They target young people in their every day environments - whether that's in the park, at school or in the street. All of their projects pair classroom based learning with getting active on the pitch. Their participants leave with raised confidence, and new life skills, part of the Bath Rugby family.

Please donate what you can ... every penny helps! Thank you!

Jimmy Flynn