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The stirring sounds of the Old School Samba drums helped runners on their way as they set off from Lower Cricket Ground to complete the 5k or 10k circular routes on closed roads throughout the town, all to raise funds for the Hospice.
Sponsored by Savills, with medals sponsored by HSBC, the event included a fun warm up with long standing supporter Steve Lindsey to help runners limber up.
Many ran in memory of popular local teacher and keen runner Matt Green, who was cared for at Cottage Hospice before his death in August, aged 55. Tunbridge Wells Harriers, Wadhurst Runners and Park Run participants ran in tribute to Matt, along with many former students from Uplands Academy where Matt taught. Even being on crutches – and arriving home at 4am after going to see the Queen lying in state the night before the Run – did not deter former Uplands student Rianna Read.
“There are lots of us here who were taught by Mr Green,” said Rianna. “He was the best teacher. There was no way I was going to let being on crutches stop me from having a go today.”
After completing the 10k route, Matt’s wife Ali, also a teacher and keen runner, said: “It’s lovely seeing all the support for Matt and the Hospice. Cottage Hospice is incredible, the nurses are brilliant. I just wish Matt was here to see this. He would have been so chuffed, although he would have probably pretended he wasn’t – he didn’t like being the centre of attention!”
Many families and children enjoyed the 5k route for the first time, including Willow Richards, winner of the Hospice’s medal design competition, and dad Robert. Everyone who completed the Run received a medal displaying Willow’s design in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – now an even more poignant keepsake.
Meanwhile, more seasoned runners enjoyed the 10k route, including Andy Knight, a long-standing Hospice supporter from Tunbridge Wells, who took part for the 13th time this year, and supporters Ollie McCarthy, a local personal trainer and running coach who put together training plans for participants ahead of the Run, and partner Jess Farmer, who took part with friends.
Jesse Ansbro-Brett, Fundraising Manager at Hospice in the Weald, said:
“We’d like to thank everyone who took part in or supported Hospice Run, including our wonderful volunteers and sponsors. The sun shone and there was a terrific atmosphere on the day. It was lovely to see people of all ages and abilities taking part. Every penny raised helps Hospice in the Weald to provide care and support to local people facing terminal illness and their families.”
If you would like to walk or run for Hospice in the Weald, the Virtual Paddock Wood Half Marathon offering the opportunity to choose your own route to walk or run 13.1 miles anytime this September. Visit our events pages to find out about this and a host of other events coming up over the coming months.
You can find your race times by visiting the NiceWork website.
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