Villagers who paid tribute to “lovely, peaceful and quiet” widow Tina Choules who was killed at her rural Marlow home last week, will run 10k in her memory this weekend.

Around 200 runners will take part in the Burford Bolt 10k on Sunday to raise funds for IT equipment for Burford School, Marlow Bottom. The route will go through Tina’s beloved woods near her house.

Race director Samantha Amend said the race will start at the school at 9am with a minute’s silence for Tina, who she said helped cut back a lot of the route, trimming the grass and getting rid of stinging nettles so the runners could run through on the day without any problems.

Speaking about Mrs Choules, who she described as a “lovely, endearing lady”, she said: “I felt physically sick when I found out about her death.

“She was such a lovely lady, so helpful – she used to talk to everyone. Most people in the village knew her and everyone was shocked.”

She told the BFP they initially considered cancelling the run and then changing the route so it did not go through the woods which housed Mrs Choules’ intricate Buddhist shrines, but then decided to carry on in her memory.

She added: “The woods were something very special to her and so we didn’t want to not go through them because of what happened. It was quite important that continued with the route.

“Also knowing that it was a Buddhist retreat convinced us to continue with the route.

“We are grateful Tina created such a beautiful sanctuary that she shared with everyone.

“Despite the circumstances, we want to make it a positive memory of Tina.”

The Burford Bolt will also include a 5k and fun run, which around 100 children will take part in.

Ms Amend added: “We hope it will be a successful event and pray that we will be lucky with the weather.”

The race will be started and awards presented by former Olympian Greg Whyte, famed for his work with Sport Relief and ITV’s Achieve the Impossible.

It will finish at Burford School where there will be plenty of activities to keep families and young children occupied including bouncy castles and play areas, as well as food and drink.

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