Fun runners from across Welwyn Hatfield descend on country club

PUBLISHED: 11:49 27 January 2017 | UPDATED: 11:49 27 January 2017

Essendon Country Club Isabel Hospice Fun Run 2017.
Pictures supplied by Isabel Hospice.

Essendon Country Club Isabel Hospice Fun Run 2017. Pictures supplied by Isabel Hospice.


Despite the frosty conditions, 260 runners took part in the traffic-free charity fun run in aid of Isabel Hospice at Essendon Country Club.

Club manager, Jonny Harvey said: “We were really excited about this event in aid of local charity Isabel Hospice. The Hospice cared for my mother and did such a fantastic job. As a family we wanted to be able to give something back.”

Runners young and old coming together on the new course to take on either a 5k or 10k, to raise £10,000 for the hospice.

The fastest 10K male was Mark Innocenti, who came home in an 37 minutes, with the fastest female Katie Barnes coming over the line in 44.

The event included over 30 junior runners all completing the 5K distance. Max Earp, who travelled from Somerset, finished 5K in just 22 minutes.

Liz Laing, Isabel Hospice corporate fundraising manager, added: “It was a wonderful day, and to see so many people supporting the hospice was amazing.

“£10,000 could pay for three days of specialist community nursing by our Clinical Nurse Specialists.

“Our aim is to keep our patients at home, for as long as possible, so they can be with their family in familiar surroundings.

“We are very grateful to Essendon Country Club and the wider team for putting this fundraiser together, and to all the runners who took part to raise this sum.

“Our next event at Essendon Country Club is our Spring golf day on Friday 26th May.

“Teams of four can play on the New Course for £500 per team, and the price includes bacon rolls, a two course lunch and of course, the chance to lift the Isabel Hospice trophy!”

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