Runners turned out in force last weekend to raise vital cash for a much-loved Tamworth children’s charity.
The inaugural Abbott Trail through Hopwas Woods took place on Sunday (July 31) in aid of Simon’s Heroes. And the event was also dedicated to Karen Abbott a member of the charity, who passed away in March this year.
The early morning charity challenge proved a big hit – attracting a large crowd of well-wishers and more than 130 runners who completed either a 5K or 10K course.
Justin Haywood, trustee of Simon’s Heroes praised those who helped make the event a success. ‘We had a fantastic turn-out and great support from the community’, he said. ‘Special thanks to Tarmac, Taylor Coles Estate Agents, Bodnetts Farm Shop, Tamworth Ukulele Group, Expand Digital, Briars Barn Celebration Cakes, Cliff Lakes and Hopwas Social Club for their contribution. Whilst we won’t know the total amount raised for a few days yet, I am confident the event has made a difference to our cause.’
The fastest 5K runner was Graeme Willmott in a time of 25:06 whilst the overall fastest 10K runner was Ian Satterthwaite in a time of 41:19.
Entertainment was provided by Tamworth Ukulele Group, who played live in the woodland to help keep participants spirits high. Inflatables, face painting and craft and food stalls were available in the main event area at Hopwas Social Club for participants and their supporters to enjoy during the race.
The family of Karen Abbott – who made a huge contribution to Simon’s Heroes, having participated in countless races, raising funds and offering her support when needed – were also on hand to support the event.
Her mum, Barbara Abbott and niece Poppy helped give out the medals and trophies, whilst her brother Gary and husband Drew ran the 5K course.