Meet Lesley Colman

Lesley Colman first came across the Family Holiday Association back in 2010 in her role at First Great Western (now Great Western Railway), and in 2014 she committed to fundraise by running the Virgin Money London Marathon the following year. Since then she hasn’t looked back. In fact she’s kept running!


Run Lesley, run!

Run Lesley, run!

As an enthusiastic member of Chippenham Harriers running club, Lesley ended 2017 on a high, achieving Personal Best times in five key distances (5km, 5 mile, 10km, Half Marathon and Marathon). After such a successful year, she started to think about what her goals might be for 2018 and came up with the concept of 12 in 12 – tackling one half marathon every month for 12 months – and at the same time raise vital funds for our charity. In her own words, “I thought ‘why don’t I ensure that I remain encouraged and enthusiastic about the challenge through asking people to sponsor me?’ and in turn help one of the charities closest to my heart, the Family Holiday Association.”

12 in 12

Twelve half marathons in 12 months is a monumental challenge. The events she is running in are listed below.

You can help keep Lesley motivated by sponsoring her – click here to access her fundraising page. And of course you will be helping the charity send more struggling families on a much needed break.

Chippenham Harriers

Lesley’s local running club

The 12 Half Marathons are:

  • Sun 21 Jan Farnborough – completed in 1:51:13
  • Sun 18 Feb Wokingham – completed in 1:51:43
  • Sun 25 March London Landmarks – completed in 1:53:07
  • Sun 15 April Great Welsh (Llanelli) – completed in 1:50:49
  • Sun 27 May Edinburgh – completed in 1:49:16 (PB)
  • Sun 24 June Swansea-  completed in 1:58:10
  • Sun 8 July Two Tunnels (Bath)- completed in 2:03:35
  • Sun 26 Aug Severn Bridge- completed in 1:55:18
  • Sat 15 Sept Stockholm- completed in 1:55:30
  • Sun 7 Oct Salisbury- completed in 1:50:00
  • Sat 17 Nov Windsor & Eton
  • Sat 8 Dec Lanzarote

As well as being one of our favourite supporters, Lesley works for one of our favourite corporate partners, Great Western Railway (GWR). GWR have been supporting the charity for many years, providing train tickets for families to get to their holiday destination where it falls within the GWR network. With their help, we’ve been able to help hundreds of families to access a much needed break in the beautiful South West.

About Great Western Railway

Great Western Railway provides high speed, commuter, regional and branch line train services. We help over 100 million passengers reach their destinations every year – across South Wales, the West Country, the Cotswolds, and large parts of Southern England.

They’re currently seeing the biggest investment in the network since Brunel so they can offer more trains, more seats, and shorter, more frequent journeys and continue the network’s heritage of helping connect more businesses to new and prosperous markets. Through a series of initiatives they aim to be a good neighbour to the communities they serve and are committed to making a positive social impact in those regions. Learn how they’re Building a Greater West at GWR is a FirstGroup company.