Fun running day with a serious cause

Runners stepped out in their hundreds to raise cash to help cure cancer.

Organisers of the 14th Bramham 10k Fun Run said over 500 took part in last Sunday’s event to back research at Leeds-based St James’ Hospital by Professor Alan Melcher under the auspices of Cancer Research UK.

Wendy Hartley acts as starter for the Bramham Fun Run with Andrew Beadnall of Beadnall Copley estate agent. (121007114AM)

Wendy Hartley acts as starter for the Bramham Fun Run with Andrew Beadnall of Beadnall Copley estate agent. (121007114AM)

Event co-organiser Ann Newton said: “The day could not have been better - a clear blue sky, bright sunshine and cool temperature.

“It was just right for a run or walk through the grounds of Bramham Park which was at its glorious best, a blaze of autumn colours.”

Ann and co-organiser Jeff Newton thanked participants, marshalls Tadcaster Harriers, friends and supporter.

They added: “Our special thanks, of course, go to Estate Agents Beadnall Copley, who by covering all the costs of the entire event ensure that every pound raised from entry fees and sponsorship goes to Cancer Research at St James Hospital.”

Next year’s Bramham Park Fun Run is already confirmed for Sunday October 6 and the organisers are planning an even bigger and better event with Martin Shaw returning as warm-up presenter and AV Matrix kindly offering their services for staging.

Event sponsor Andrew Beadnall said: “I am thrilled to have been asked again to sponsor next year’s Fun Run and wish to thank everyone who participated in last Sunday’s run and of course all those many people who give their time so freely to help eradicate cancer which affects each and everyone of us in some way.

“One in three people become affected and I would ask everyone who turned up this year to bring three people with them to next year’s run as a way of not only increasing much needed funds but also to emphasise this frightening one in three statistic.

“I would also urge all local businesses to encourage their staff to put teams together and I look forward to seeing even more children participating next year.

“It was great to see so many young ones taking part this year, simply for exercise or for their loved ones who have suffered or who are suffering from cancer.”

Martin Shaw of Martin Shaw Fitness at Thorpe Park Hotel Spa and Gym, kicked off Sunday’s event with a popular and energetic pre-race warm-up session, and renowned event planners AV Matrix kindly donated the staging and public address system.

Wendy Hartley, one of the co-founders of Beadnall Copley, and herself a cancer survivor, welcomed the participants and started the event.

She told them before setting the runners and walkers on their way: “If it wasn’t for people like you here today supporting research into cancer I wouldn’t be here. So, thank you.”

In the 10K the first male runner home was Daniel Jenkin from Durham in a time of 36 minutes 5 seconds and the first female was Sarah Grant from Leeds in a time of 44 minutes 39 seconds.

In the 5K, the first male runner back was Franco Pardini from Leeds in 19 min 4 seconds and the first female was Mia Moore from Linton in 20 min 41 seconds.

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