Join the road race to boost charity funds
Charity 10k run held in aid of South Bucks Hospice
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. fabian4.co.uk. There will be a £3 surcharge for entry.
It is almost time for The South Bucks 10k Road Race