Willow 10k at Hatfield in pictures

PUBLISHED: 17:43 12 October 2011 | UPDATED: 17:54 12 October 2011

Bob Wilson opens the Willow 10k

Bob Wilson opens the Willow 10k

Casey Gutteridge, CPG Photography

SIX hundred runners and walkers lined up side by side to take part in the third annual 10k race in aid of Old Hatfield-based Willow Foundation in the grounds of Hatfield House on Sunday.

Willow 10k race results

Male:

1 David Hobbs

2 David Robinson

3 Peter Harvey

Female:

1 Laura Cowley

2 Kathryn Sheik

3 Stacey Harris

Largest Team:

Putterills Estate Agents

The morning kicked off with a welcome from charity life president, Bob Wilson, a rousing warm-up from GL14’s Martyn Oakey, and an inspiring speech from one of the beneficiaries, Ray Holmes, who explained to the crowd the impact a special day can have on a family.

Jack FM’s Janine Jones did a sterling job cheering runners towards the finish line, with the first male and female competitors surging home in under 35 minutes. She was joined on the finish line by charity co-founder Megs Wilson.

First place female, Laura Cowley, 30, from Hatfield, and a member of the Herts Phoenix Athletics Club, said: “Willow is a great local charity we are really proud of it and will always support it.”

Adults were not the only ones given the opportunity to take home a medal.

The children’s race proved just as popular – and what’s more all young competitors managed to fit onto the stage to collect their trophy.

Other competitors included Willow trustees Richard King and Terry Mitchinson, the Welwyn Hatfield Times’ editor, and charity CEO Gill Edelman.

The largest team prize went to Putterills Estate Agents, which managed to rally together an amazing 36 runners and walkers.

Putterills has been raising funds for the Willow Foundation all year and raised more than £4,000 so far for this one event, with sponsorship from family, friends, colleagues and local businesses.

Director Tony Putterill said he was “delighted with the massive turnout from directors, staff and friends and the fantastic amount of sponsorship received for the Willow Foundation”, and gave a big thank you to all involved, both participants and sponsors alike.

Bob Wilson said: “This year the atmosphere was even better with the wonderful support of the Welwyn Hatfield Times and Jack FM.

“It is a truly special occasion and one which I hope will become one of Hertfordshire’s most popular running events.”

Organisers hope to welcome even more people to the 2012 Willow event – check out the charity’s website (click on the link, top right) to keep up to date with this and other fundraising challenge ideas.


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