Nearly 800 keen runners turned out in hot temperatures to take part in the Kelly’s Watford 10k at Cassiobury Park last month and more than 300 children braved the heat to run 3k and 1k distances.
Fortunately, the stunning route passes largely through shady bluebell woods so runners were able to keep cool.
Kelly’s Storage Charity Events paid for and organised the event and every penny raised went straight to Watford Mencap, a charity which helps and supports more than 800 families by organising after school clubs for children with learning difficulties.
So far, the Bank Holiday event has raised over £20,000 but the organisers are still waiting for the final figure.
First place overall in the 10k race was won by Steve Blakey who narrowly beat Matt Woodward by just two seconds in an amazing time of 37.54, closely followed by Chris Mole in 38.51. The winning lady, Sasha Bekin, was just 28 seconds ahead of Wendy Walsh in second place and Becca Harwood was third.
The 10k course was also completed by Neil Palmer, a play worker at Watford Mencap.
Carol Tunstall from Watford Mencap said: “We’re so pleased that everyone had a great time. Our thanks go to the runners, our volunteers who helped us in so many ways and, of course, to Kelly’s Storage Charity Events, which, by covering all the costs of this event and working with us every step of the way, has enabled us to reach such an amazing total.”
Moira Martin, director of Kelly’s Storage Charity Events, said: “We thoroughly enjoy working with Watford Mencap and are delighted to have raised so much money for them which we know will be really well spent. We are already looking forward to next year’s event.”
You can also donate online to add to the total raised by going to https://charity.kellystorage.co.uk/Events/2018/Watford-10k/donate