St Clare 10k is runaway success
More than 300 runners laced up their trainers for St Clare Hospice’s 10k race on Sunday (9 April) – competing on the hottest day of the year so far.
The annual charity 10k race, which has been taking place for over 20 years, is a permanent fixture in Essex running club calendars and attracts competitors from across the county. This year’s event is expected to raise more than £8,000 in vital funding for St Clare.
The participants, including four wheelchair athletes, set off from the hospice at 10.30am, tackling a route along roads through the beautiful Essex countryside.
GB Paralympian, Richard Chiassaro, was the first wheelchair competitor across the finish line in a time of 23 mins 25 secs. Richard Chiassaro, who competed in the Rio 2016 Paralympics and coaches the Harlow Wheelchair Racing Squad, completed the St Clare 10k with three other members of his Harlow-based squad: Joe Brazier (35:30), Adam Goldspink-Burgess (35:36) and Martin Pistorius (44:31).
The first man back was Thomas Grimes from Chingford-based athletics club, Orion Harriers, in a time of 33 mins 54 secs. He was closely followed by Afewerk Rosson (35:19) of Herts Phoenix AC, and Paul Scanlan (35:42) of Woodford Green AC.
Lindsay Russell-Smith of Ware Joggers took first place in the female category in a time of 43 min 6 secs. Second place went to Alison Trauttmansdorff (43:24) of Orion Harriers, with Carinne Jay (43:47) from Harlow Running Club in third.
Jamie Hooper, St Clare’s Fundraising Development Manager, said, “It was a brilliant day and, as ever, it was so humbling to witness the support shown by the hundreds of people who took part and volunteered. A huge congratulation is in order for our wonderful runners and a massive thank you to them for contributing to an amazing amount raised for the Hospice. It is events like this that help to make St Clare the wonderful place that it is – and mean we can continue to care for local people and their families.”
Special thanks go to all the volunteers who marshaled the route and helped on site including: Colin Moody, the Harlow Sea Cadets, Epping and Harlow Police Cadets, Galleon Travel, photographer Nigel Otter and DJ Scott Berry.