Charity run helps raise vital cash

Local children’s charity, Simon’s Heroes held its annual trail run through Hopwas Woods last weekend to raise vital cash for their cause.

The Abbott Trail, now in its second year, took place on Sunday (July 30) and attracted a large crowd of supporters and more than 190 runners who completed either a 5K or 10K course.

Trophies were awarded to the first male and female finishers of each distance. Paul Furness and Rachael Eastland won their 5K race with times of 23:15 and 26:36 respectively. Ashley Baldwin and Michelle Fox won the 10K distance with times of 38:36 and 46:49.

The event is dedicated to Karen Abbott, a very inspirational lady and dearly loved member of the charity, who sadly passed away in March 2016 aged just 44. Karen made a huge contribution to Simon’s Heroes, having participated in countless races, raising funds and offering her support when needed.

Tamworth Ukulele Group played live in the woodland and there were a number of food and craft stalls and a face painter in the main event area at Hopwas Social Club for the supporters and participants to enjoy.

‘It was a great day. We had a fantastic turn out and the feedback has been really good’ said Justin Haywood, trustee Simon’s Heroes. ‘The event has raised over £2700 for our charity which is brilliant! Thank you to all of our members, their families and friends for their support and to the local businesses that have contributed. We couldn’t have done it without you.’

Karen’s mum Barbara started both races and awarded the trophies and her brother Gary completed the 5K course whilst niece Poppy helped on the tombola.

‘Today we took part in the Abbott Trail 10K. Just wanted to say what a well organised event it was and a massive thank you to all of the marshals who were so cheerful and supportive. That hill was tough but what a lovely scenic route. Would definitely recommend this to fellow runners.’ Louise Andrews.

Simon’s Heroes would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for their support: Hopwas Social Club, Central Hub Logistics, Next Place Property Agents, Prontaprint Tamworth, Peter Henton, Max Standerwick, Cliff Lakes OCR, Bodnetts Farm shop, Tess Knight, Holland and Barrett Tamworth, Meat 4 Less, Kuda, The Globe Inn Tamworth, Tamworth Ukulele Group, Melissa Tucker Sports Therapy, Crescent Press Ltd, Taylor Cole Estate Agents, Timewise, Chip Timing Services, Chris Nicoll and Ann Hadley from Reaper, the MOD, Tarmac, Canal & River Trust, Laura Wilkes and Two Tree Farm Hopwas.

Author: C Bull

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