More than 200 runners raced around Haverhill on Sunday as the town’s 10 kilometre race returned.
Haver10 – the Sanofi 10k built on the success of last year’s inaugural Haver10 and HaverHalf, which saw 360 runners across both events raise £13,000 for St Nicholas Hospice Care.
This year the event, held for the first time as a stand-alone race, was preceded by a 2km fun run which was open for all ages.
Both events were again raising money for the hospice.
Some 181 runners competed at Haver10 – the Sanofi 10k, with more than 30 children and parents taking part in the fun run that preceded it.
Cambridge Tri Club’s Chris Darling won the race, setting an inaugural course record of 32 minutes 39 seconds, while the quickest lady was Tamara Jordon, who finished the race in 38 minutes 2 seconds.
Race director Jack Tappin said: “I want to thank everyone who took part, both runners and marshals, for my team ad I could not do these events without your support.
“We had a small army of volunteers giving up their time to ensure a safe and smooth run and the number of runners grew from last year, so hopefully these flagship athletics events can continue to grow in Haverhill and raise thousands more for local charities.
“Our runners aged from 6 to over 60, so it was fantastic to have such a wide variety of people taking part and of all abilities, so hopefully we’ll continue to have more people and even more variety next year.
“The sun shone down on Haverhill on a glorious day and the town again proved what a thriving athletics scene there is as so many people came out to take part in Haver10 – the Sanofi 10k.
“Now let’s see even more coming out on 25th October for HaverHalf – the Real Bodies Half Marathon.”
Haverhill mayor Roger André, who started the race and gave out the trophies after seeing his grandchildren complete the fun run, said: “This was another outstanding event for our town, the Haver10 and the Fun Run providing a great opportunity for families and individuals to participate in a fantastic sports activity whilst supporting St Nicholas Hospice services.
“I met every runner at the finish and many, including the many visitors to our town, were impressed with the excellent course, the organisation and support from our community.
“I am always proud of our town but on this occasion I was especially proud of our community and the volunteers who made this occasion possible.”
Matt Hancock, who is again standing to be the MP for West Suffolk, set off the fun run.
He said: “It was great to see so many people from Haverhill and beyond coming to the town to compete in the second Haver10.
“It was particularly good to see some of the athletes of tomorrow as I set off the inaugural Haver10 fun run, which further adds to a well received event and allows all the family to take part.
“I look forward to seeing athletics events in Haverhill grow and continue to bring together the community to raise money for local good causes.
“A huge thank you to all involved - I can’t wait to take part in HaverHalf come October.”
Jordan Hughes, community fund raiser for St Nicholas Hospice Care, said: “What an amazing atmosphere!
“The Haver10 saw 181 runners push themselves to get across that finish line, all the while raising money for St Nicholas Hospice Care.
“On behalf of the hospice I would like to thank all the runners who took part, the incredible team of marshall volunteers that made sure the route was safe and secure, Sanofi for sponsoring the event and to Jack for once again committing himself to achieving well.
“Watch this space for final total raised!”
Haver10 was sponsored by Sanofi, with further support from Tesco Haverhill, Iceni Waters, Abbeycroft Leisure, 297 and the Castle Partnership.
Perform Sports Therapy, OS Comms, Stylize Display Graphics, EFMS, KP Landscaping and P7 Photography also supported the event.
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