Record numbers at St Clare Hospice 10K

Athletics / Tue 9th Apr 2019 am30 09:30am

A TOTAL of 398 athletes took part in St Clare Hospice’s 10k 2019 race on Sunday (7th April), making it the most popular St Clare 10k to date. The annual charity race, which celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, is a permanent fixture in Essex running club calendars and attracts competitors from across the county. This year’s event is expected to raise £15,000 in vital funding for the Hospice.

The participants, including seven wheelchair athletes, set off from the Hastingwood-based hospice at 10.30am, tackling a route along roads through the beautiful Essex countryside.

T54 GB Paralympian and Harlow Athletics Club coach, Richard Chiassaro, was the first wheelchair competitor across the finish line in a time of 25 mins 2 secs.

The first man back was Martin Westley from Harlow Running Club, in a time of 35 mins 49 secs. He was closely followed by Greg Tye (35:49) of Braintree & District Athletic Club, and Steven Prosser (36:00) of Bishop’s Stortford Running Club.

Victoria Stacey took first place in the female category in a time of 39 mins 53 secs. Second place went to Vicky Simpson (43:41) from Bishop’s Stortford Running Club, with Georgina Warren (44:54) from Woodford Green Athletics Club in third.

Emma Broadbent, St Clare’s Challenges and Events Fundraiser, said, “We are thrilled to have achieved record-breaking numbers at our St Clare 10k of 2019 – with almost 400 racers taking part! The event this year is expected to raise £15,000 for the Hospice, which is about £2,000 more than last year. It is amazing to look back at how the race has grown over its 25 years, playing a vital role in raising the funds we need to be able to care for local people and their families. Thank you so much to everyone who helped make this wonderful local event such a success!”

Special thanks go to all the volunteers who marshalled the route and helped on site.

The full St Clare 10k results are available online at: stclarehospice.org.uk/news_posts/st-clare-10k-2019-results

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