Hardy runners brave rain and mud to raise cash for charity

Over 200 runners braved very wet and muddy conditions on 28th July to take part in Simon’s Heroes 4th annual Abbott Trail Run, to raise vital cash for the cause.

The event, hosted at Hopwas Social Club, comprised of a 5K or 10K route along the Coventry canal, through Hopwas woods, and offered a mixture of natural single and dirt tracks and some short steep descents.

Launched in 2016, in memory of Karen Abbott, former charity member, who sadly passed away that year, it has raised over £10,000 since its inception, and this year generated more than £4,500, with sponsorship money still coming in.

Trophies were awarded by Tamworth’s Mayor, Richard Kingstone and Karen’s mum, Barbara Abbott, to the first male and female finishers of each race. Chris Horton, of the Badgers Running Club, won the 5K with a superb time of 21 minutes, 54 seconds, and Kay Fearn, the winning lady, came in with a time of 28 minutes, 38 seconds.

It was a double win for Wolverhampton and Bilston Athletics Club in the 10K, with Daniel Maskew first across the finish line in a time of 37 minutes, 52 seconds, and first female, Vicki Mackay, with a time of 43 minutes and 33 seconds. Every runner received a goody bag and medal for taking part.

“The weather did not dampen people’s spirits on the day”, said Justin Haywood, Chairman, Simon’s Heroes. “We have received some fantastic feedback from participants and our volunteers did us proud.

“Thanks to all of the runners who turn up every year, whatever the weather, to make the day so successful.”

Radio Tamworth broadcast their Sunday morning show live from Hopwas Club and Tamworth Twangers Ukulele Group performed in the registration marquee.  Both kept the runners’ entertained and their spirits high. There were also a number of food, book and tombola stalls on site to help maximise fundraising.

“This event would not be viable without the support of local businesses, who provide valuable resource by way of sponsorship and donations. Special thanks to our main sponsor, Argyles Solicitors and to PCE Ltd, Hellmann UK, Hogarths, The Globe Inn, Central Hub Logistics Ltd, Chase Chiropractic Clinic, Prontaprint, Apollo, Midland Design Home Improvements and The Belfry, whose financial contributions helped to cover a lot of the overheads.

“Thank you also to Bodnett’s Farm, , Krafty Kidz, St Chad’s Church, Hopwas Methodist Church, The Mayor of Tamworth, Radio Tamworth, Oak Tree Farm B&B, The Fox, The Tame Otter, The Red Lion at Hopwas, HSBC, Drayton Manor, Tarmac, the MOD, Canal & River Trust, Tamworth Twangers Ukulele band, Caroline Allen, Tom Hitchon, Tardis Environmental UK, Ultra Running Ltd and Holland & Barrett Healthy Hope.

“I’d also like to give a big shout out to Clive Barker, Hopwas Social Club Manager, for his ongoing support for the charity and the use of his premises for our event. You are one in a million and we are forever grateful for everything you do for our wonderful charity.”

Author: C Abbott.
Photo courtesy of Caroline Allen.



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