Published on: Sunday 11 Apr 2021 at 12:25
Well done to all of our athletes who took part in the St Clare 10k 2021
A total of nearly 400 athletes took part in St Clare Hospice’s 10k 2021 race on Sunday (11 April) raising over £11,000, as the popular annual sporting event celebrated its 27th anniversary.
This year’s event had additional safety measures in place due to the Covid-19 outbreak to ensure the fundraiser could go ahead safely, including: social distancing measures in the registration area, a rolling start, and disposable chip timers. The event was run in accordance with Run Britain Covid-19 road race guidelines which are updated in accordance with government guidelines.
The participants, including 4 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 26 mins 20 secs.
The first man back was James Bosher, from Grange Farm and Dunmow Runners, in a time of 32 minutes 57 secs. He was followed by Mark Spiller from Bishops Stortford Running Club (33:18), and then Ryan Prout of Brentwood Running Club (33:24) who took third place overall.
The first woman back was Laura Thomas of Ipswich Jaffa Running Club with a time of 36 minutes 12 secs. Followed by Leann Bennett from Harlow Running Club (45:08), and then Sophie Donges of Victoria Park Harriers and Tower Hamlets Athletics Club (45:50).
Event Organiser, St Clare Challenges and Events Fundraiser Emma Broadbent, said: “We were thrilled that our 10k Race was able to take place safely this April, after last year had to be postponed due to COVID. We’re delighted to have put on our first covid-secure event since the autumn.”
“We have had fantastic support from our local running clubs, supporters and volunteers, selling out our 400 places well before the normal closing date. We’re over the moon that the event has raised more than £11,000 for the Hospice, which is needed this year more than ever as we tackle the impact that the coronavirus has had on our fundraising income.”
Amongst those taking part in the 10k run was St Clare Palliative Care Consultant, Dr Jonathan Riordan, who has worked at the Hospice on the Inpatient Unit and in the Community Palliative Care team since November 2019. Jonathan completed the 10k in a time of 47min 22secs.
Princess Alexandra Hospital consultant, Dr Deb Ghosh, who took part in the race and also shaved his head to fundraise for the Hospice, finished in a time of 1hour 2min.
The event was so successful that the Hospice have announced it will now take place twice each year, with the next St Clare 10k set for Sunday 5th September 2021. To register to take part in the September St Clare 10k visit: https://stclarehospice.org.uk/event/stclare10k-september/
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
This year’s event was kindly sponsored by HTS Group Harlow (htsgroupltd.co.uk)
April 10k 2021 Results
The St Clare 10k 2021 results are available here:
The Wheelchair Athletes results are available here: