Finch community spirit shines in race to tower

As an avid marathon runner, Finch environmental consultant Clare Fowell is used to life outdoors, but over the last two years her running career has been somewhat curtailed due to injury.

Looking for alternative solutions is what everyone in the Finch Community is renowned for, and Clare has proved she is no exception, having just completed the 2019 Race to the Tower event to mark her 50th birthday.

The Race to the Tower is an annual event in which participants run or walk 52.4 miles along the Cotswolds Way to reach the Broadway Tower. Runners and walkers of all ages between 18 and 80 can choose from a number of a route options and durations in order to achieve their goal. They all benefit from the support of organisers and fellow trekkers throughout their training and participation in the event, which are also qualities the Finch community strives to uphold.

Commenting Clare said, “I’m usually a marathon runner but have been injured on and off for the last two years. I decided to do Race to the Tower as I celebrate my 50th birthday this year and this was a 50+ mile event that I could run as well as walk if I needed to. I was very pleased that I managed to run a lot more than I thought would be possible and enjoyed it so much that I hope to complete next year in aid of charity.”

Clare is a chartered environmentalist, member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA), and an IEMA environmental auditor. She is a highly qualified environmental scientist and has an LLM in environmental law. She has a wide range of experience within industry, consultancy and environmental regulation.