MS cen­tre gets boost from 10k run­ners

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The race, which be­gan at Sprint­ers Leisure Cen­tre, raised £7,800, and the money will fund treat­ment and ther­a­pies for peo­ple with mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis.

Coun­cil­lor Mimi Harker was at the start­ing line to be­gin the race in her fi­nal act as coun­cil chair­man.

“This is my fi­nal en­gage­ment as chair­man of Chiltern District Coun­cil and it is cer­tainly one that I will re­mem­ber fondly,” Cllr Harker said af­ter the event.

“I was pleased to get in­volved again with this lo­cal char­ity that does so much for peo­ple with MS.

“There was a fan­tas­tic com­mu­nity at­mo­sphere, with over 100 chil­dren in­volved in the fun runs this year, and I was de­lighted to give each one a medal.”

The Prest­wood races also in­cluded a shorter 5k course, which at­tracted 54 ad­di­tional run­ners to take part.

Last year’s 10k win­ner for the men, Char­lie May of the Vale of Ayles­bury Ath­let­ics Club, was first to com­plete the race once again in less than 35 min­utes.

Claire Pusey won the women’s 10k, the men’s 5k was won by Gareth Kegg and Michaelle Booth was first in the women’s 5k.

The Bryants Bot­tom Trot­ters won for the fastest male team and the Chiltern Har­ri­ers came first in the women’s cat­e­gory.

Hannah Asquith, head of fundrais­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions at the Chilterns MS Cen­tre, said they were thrilled with the amount of money raised by this year’s races.

She said: “It was a fan­tas­tic morn­ing and we were so pleased with how many run­ners we had in all the races.

“We raised an in­cred­i­ble £2,300 more than last year and we thank ev­ery­one for their con­tri­bu­tion to the to­tal.

“We had fan­tas­tic sup­port from DC Kaye Solicitors, our main spon­sor, Malt the Brew­ery, which spon­sored our chil­dren’s races, and the Co-opera- tive, which goody bags.”

The cen­tre pro­vides treat­ment and sup­port to its 500 mem­bers and its pa­tients have ac­cess to ser­vices such as hy­drother­apy, phys­io­ther­apy and hy­per­baric oxy­gen ther­apy.

The char­ity is vi­tal in the lo­cal com­mu­nity as this type of long-term care is not avail­able on the NHS for peo­ple with mul­ti­ple pro­vided

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