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Runners at the ready for St Clare Hospice 10K in Stansted

Charity / Fri 11th Jul 2014 at 05:52am

THREE hundred runners are expected to pound the pavements of Stansted Mountfitchet for the village’s annual 10k Fun Run in aid of St Clare.

The organising committee of the long-running race have handed over the community event on Sunday, July 13 to the Hastingwood-based Hospice, which hopes to raise thousands of pounds to continue providing its specialist end-of-life care to people with life-limiting illnesses and their families from across West Essex and the East Herts border.
Events co-ordinator Rebekah Birch said: “All of us at the Hospice are extremely grateful to Marion Dyer, who started the Stansted 10K in 1986, and the committee who work with her for selecting us to take the event over.

“We are all extremely excited about this new venture for St Clare and very much hope our supporters will take part in this new event for the Hospice so that we can continue its success and develop it in the years to come.”
The Stansted 10k is being sponsored by ex-West Ham United physiotherapist George Cooper, who owns GC Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic in the village. On the day, George and his team will be offering sports massage to runners as they cross the finish line.

The race, which starts and finishes at Bentfield Green, is suitable for participants of all ages and is open to adults and children. You can even bring your dog! The countryside course is both off and on-road, with marshals guiding you along the way.

Afterwards, prizes will be given out in different age categories and refreshments will be available, including food outside the Rose and Crown pub. There will also be an ice cream van and hot drinks. Spectators are welcome.

Registration is £12 for adults in advance (£15 on the day) and £5 for under-16s. For more information, call the St Clare fundraising team on 01279 773750 or see www.stclarehospice.org.uk/stansted10krun.html.

Online registration closes on Monday, July 7 although runners can still sign up on the day from 9.30am to 10.15am before the race begins at 11am.

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