Picturesque Hatfield estate opens its doors to Willow runners

Willow 10k Run 2015  Hatfield House, 4th October 2015 Pic: Christopher Dean / Scantech Media Ltd 07930 364436

Willow 10k Run 2015 Hatfield House, 4th October 2015 Pic: Christopher Dean / Scantech Media Ltd 07930 364436

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It’s time for Welwyn Hatfield residents to dust off their running shoes and sign up for the annual Willow 10K run.

The event, which has taken place every year since 2009, is returning on Sunday, October 2, and now includes a shorter 5K route and a 1K junior race.

It will raise funds for the Welwyn Garden City-based charity, which works with seriously ill young adults aged 16 to 40 to fulfil “uplifting and unforgettable” Special Days.

Open to seasoned runners, beginners and power walkers alike, there is something for everyone on the rural race route which starts and finishes in full view of Hatfield House.

The run also provides an exclusive opportunity to see hidden parts of the picturesque estate not normally open to the public.

There will be an energetic warm-up, live music, free children’s entertainment, refreshments, face painting, entertainment for spectators who are supporting friends and family, and every runner will be timed and receive a medal as they cross the finish line.

The charity was founded by former Arsenal goalkeeper and TV presenter Bob Wilson and his wife, Megs, and is a lasting memorial to their daughter, Anna, who died of cancer aged 31.

Anna’s love of life and the enriching experiences of her own Special Days were the charity’s inspiration.

Bob and Megs Wilson will be there on the day to cheer everyone on.

Bob said: “The eighth annual Willow 10K will see as many as 1,200 runners at this very special venue.

“Whatever your level, take on the challenge and join us for what is set to be the best year yet.”

To enter the Willow 10K visit or telephone 01707 259777.

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