Â£3,500 raised in by-pass run
Hundreds of runners have helped to raise £3,500 for Herriot Hospice Homecare.
The charity was the beneficiary of the first Bedale 10K and 5k fun run, which was held on the soon-to-be-opened Bedale to Leeming by-pass.
Herriot was given permission to run the inaugural event on the new road before its scheduled opening in August.
A total of 365 people took part in the event, with 238 competing in the 10k road race and 127 in the shorter, family-focused fun run.
Richmond MP Rishi Sunak started both runs near the new roundabout on the A864 west of the town. The runners’ route took them along the completed road to east of Leeming Bar and back to the finish at Bedale Athletic and Sports Association.
Mr Sunak said: “It was great to be part of this new event on a new road. I hope the Bedale 10k will be a regular event in the town’s calendar and I’m sure the new road will be a big boost for the town and the wider area.
“There was a fabulous turnout and lots of money will be generated for this great local charity.”
Leanne Hardcastle, Herriot Hospice Homecare’s Events Fundraiser, said the two runs had been over-subscribed.
“We were delighted by the turnout and we would like to thank all the runners who took part and helped us to raise so much money. Every penny will be put towards the services we provide to people with life limiting illnesses in Hambleton and Richmondshire.
“We grateful to the road building contractors Wills Bros who made it all possible and could not have been more helpful.
“We would also like to thank other main sponsors, estate agents Dacre Son and Hartley and builders’ merchants JT Atkinson.”
One of the key organisers of the event was hospice supporter Andrew Sedgwick, who lost his wife Linda to cancer 18 months ago.
Mr Sedgwick, of Morton on Swale, said: “The hospice was marvellous in helping Linda and our family so I felt it was important to do this.”Article Posted 29th June 2016