Juggler takes New York by storm

[from Tottenham, Wood Green and Edmonton Journal]

Juggler takes New York by storm

19 November 2008
KATIA Richardson during the New York Marathon
KATIA Richardson during the New York Marathon

A CHARITY worker from Harringay kept her eye on the ball as she completed the gruelling 26-mile New York City Marathon – juggling all the way.

Adventurous Katia Richardson, 25, of Wightman Road, who has also trekked in the Himalayas, dreamed up the unusual marathon technique as knee problems prevent her from running.

She said: “There was quite a lot of incentive to get round as quickly as possible, because the longer you’re out there the more painful it is. I did quite well, I only dropped the balls about 10 times every four miles!

“The Americans were absolutely fantastic. They kept shouting ‘way to go juggler’.”

She walked the course under target time in seven hours and 37 minutes and hopes to raise £2,000 for youth charity Fairbridge, which she works for.

“Since working here I’ve found it such a wonderful organisation,” she said. “We work with young people who are not in education or employment aged 13 to 25. It’s a first step programme offering activities and new opportunities to these young people.”

Katia has juggled since she was 12, but had never done it seriously before.

Her training regime included practising with juggling balls for long periods of time to build strength and concentration.

“I think most people thought I was absolutely crazy, some people were sceptical that I would achieve it, but most people were generally quite supportive,” she said.

Katia has no future juggling plans, but she has got the fundraising bug and may look into walking the length of New Zealand on foot.

To donate to Katia’s marathon fund visit www.justgiving.com/katiarichardson


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