By John Hutchinson, Sports Reporter
Friday, April 6, 2012
A TOTAL of 350 enthusiastic runners enjoyed glorious summer-like sunshine as they took part in the first Hatfield Business Park Fun Run, raising £2,000 for Sport Relief.
The attractive Ellenbrook Fields, tucked away behind the Hertfordshire Sports Village, hosted the event with the one-mile run looping round the stream and the three mile route following a broader sweep around the Fields.
Predominantly aimed at students, university staff and employees of the companies at the Park, the event was organised by a small team from the Herts Sports Partnership, Herts Sports Village, the University of Hertfordshire and Goodman, the owners of Hatfield Business Park.
Additional support was also generously given by members of the Garden City Runners.
The University had generously sponsored the event with a £3,000 grant as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and runners were welcomed by the University Vice Chancellor, Professor Quintin McKellar who impressively ran both the one and three mile events.
The starting hooter was pressed by special guest Lord Cecil Charles, High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, who said: “Very many thanks for asking me to participate in today’s triumphant Fun Runs -so well organised.
“You even organised a blistering summer’s day in March.
“I thought the event had a really good atmosphere and I can see that it is going to be part of the calendar for the foreseeable future.”
The first runner over the one-mile line was James Shipley of Everything Everywhere in just 5 minutes 27 seconds.
He was closely followed by two fitness instructors from the Hertfordshire Sports Village staff wearing Duck (Andy) and Bunny (Dom) fancy dress outfits!
An impressive time of 17mins 35secs was run by Adam Bowman of Trent Park Runners in the three mile run, followed by Luke Bowie, a UH student and Paul Guy of Everything Everywhere, finishing in second and third place.
All finishers were given a medal, kindly provided by joint –organisers Goodman, a bottle of water donated by Arsenal Ladies, an event t-shirt and a number of vouchers provided by other supporters.
Entry fees, sponsorship monies and collections on the day helped to raise £2,153 for Sport Relief - a fantastic result.
It is hoped that the event will become a regular annual fixture in the Business Park calendar and organisers look forward to continued and further support from local businesses.
Visit www.sportinherts.org.uk/funrun for more information and the results.