Join the road race to boost char­ity funds

Char­ity 10k run held in aid of South Bucks Hos­pice

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­

ROAD race bosses are hop­ing to run up thou­sands of pounds for char­ity af­ter pledg­ing to sup­port a Bucks hos­pice in a 10k event next month.

The South Bucks 10k Road Race, on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 4, will this year be in aid of the South Bucks Hos­pice.

It is the first time that the race, which cen­tres around Black Park, in Bucks, and at­tracts be­tween 250 to 300 run­ners, has nom­i­nated a cho­sen char­ity.

The idea is that any sur­plus money from the race, af­ter the costs have been met, will go to the hos­pice.

De­lighted hos­pice chief ex­ec­u­tive Jo Woolf thanked the race com­mit­tee and ap­pealed for run­ners to chip in by get­ting spon­sored on be­half of the char­ity.

She also urged peo­ple to en­ter the race as soon as pos­si­ble be­fore the clos­ing date.

She said: “We’re ab­so­lutely thrilled by this ges­ture from the race com­mit­tee. Any money raised will be of enor­mous ben­e­fit to pa­tients with life-lim­it­ing con­di­tions. Money will go to fund nurs­ing care and also to help us with our pro­ject to build fan­tas­tic new premises in South Bucks. I can’t thank the road race com­mit­tee enough for think­ing of us.”

Race sec­re­tary Fred Ash­ford said: “The race it­self has man­i­fested it­self from sim­ple begin­nings. A group of lo­cal run­ners started the pop­u­lar park run over at Black Park in 2009. That’s a weekly free 5k run ev­ery Satur­day morn­ing.

“In or­der to gen­er­ate a small work­ing fund, we es­tab­lished a 10k race held in early Oc­to­ber. It’s proved a suc­cess and now gen­er­ates more than the small amount we set out to achieve. We de­cided that any sur­plus to our needs would be do­nated to a nom­i­nated char­ity.

“This is the first year to nom­i­nate a char­ity and the ‘South Bucks’ iden­tity tag seemed to bring the race and the hos­pice fundrais­ing to­gether.”

Hos­pice com­mu­nity vol­un­teer co-or­di­na­tor Mary-Ann Leader, who is a keen run­ner, said: “I re­ally do hope peo­ple will sign up for the chal­lenge and run on our be­half.”

The route is two laps of quiet lanes to the side of Black Park, touch­ing on Ful­mer and Wex­ham Street.

All fin­ish­ers will re­ceive a medal and goody bag. There are awards for the first three fin­ish­ers, as well as age cat­e­gory awards.

The en­try fee is £12, although a £2 dis­count is given to af­fil­i­ated club run­ners. Reg­is­tra­tion is open un­til Mon­day, Septem­ber 28 at www. There will be a £3 sur­charge for en­try.

It is al­most time for The South Bucks 10k Road Race


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