Hundreds of runners tie up their running shoes for Willow 10K in Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 14:20 08 October 2018

Fundraisers celebrating. Picture: Kevin Lines.

Fundraisers celebrating. Picture: Kevin Lines.

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Hundreds took part over the weekend for the tenth anniversary of Willow’s running event.

5K 3rd place men's Rafe Palmer. Picture: Kevin Lines.5K 3rd place men's Rafe Palmer. Picture: Kevin Lines.

On Sunday, October 7, the annual Willow 10K was held in the grounds of Hatfield House.

More than 700 runners and walkers took part to help Welwyn Garden City-based Willow to celebrate the milestone.

Willow is the only national charity working with seriously ill young adults aged 16 to 40 to fulfil uplifting and unforgettable Special Days.

The event, sponsored by Wrights of Hatfield, also featured food, games, balloon modelling and other treats for the runners and their supporters.

5K 1st Daniel Costa-McFadden, Bob Wilson, 2nd Callum Richards. Picture: Kevin Lines.5K 1st Daniel Costa-McFadden, Bob Wilson, 2nd Callum Richards. Picture: Kevin Lines.

Bob Wilson, Willow’s co-founder and life president, welcomed the runners and introduced Charlotte Winder who spoke about her mum’s Special Day and how it provided one of her last happy memories of her mum smiling.

The youngest registered runner was just two years old (junior 1K) and the oldest 80.

Amongst those runners were a handful of Special Day beneficiaries and their loved ones, some of whom have taken part every year, including Team Sale running in memory of Adam Sale, Graham Twigg, Charlotte’s uncle and brother of her mum Carmina and Katie Ward who had a Special Day ten years ago.

Once again Martyn Oakey from Nuffield Health Hertford did a motivational and fun warm-up and runners were kept motivated with the cheering volunteers throughout the course.

Young supporter. Picture: Kevin Lines.Young supporter. Picture: Kevin Lines.

Bob Wilson said: “I remember standing on a stage made of crates and an old piece of carpet 10 years ago and since then, every year, we see this event grow – welcoming loyal supporters who take part every year alongside new faces joining to support Willow.

“Ten years is a massive milestone and it’s still so humbling to see so many people who have been touched by Special Days.

“Some we’re pleased have now recovered from their illness enough to take part, where others have friends and family running in their memory.

“The Willow 10K is a fun family event and, in turn, raises funds for families and individuals to create their own precious memories during a really difficult time.”

Women's 3rd Elaine Daly and Bob Wilson. Picture: Kevin Lines.Women's 3rd Elaine Daly and Bob Wilson. Picture: Kevin Lines.

The Willow 10K has raised more than £350,000 since it began. The funds raised will be invaluable in helping to create more Special Days for seriously ill young adults.

The results:

• 5K men:

1st – Daniel Costa-McFadden, time 23.46

Willow CEO Jonathan Aves, 1st Emma Pearce, Bob Wilson, 2nd Katherine Winn. Picture: Kevin Lines.Willow CEO Jonathan Aves, 1st Emma Pearce, Bob Wilson, 2nd Katherine Winn. Picture: Kevin Lines.

2nd – Callum Richards, time 24.04

3rd – Rafe Palmer, time 24.54

• 5K women:

1st – Melissa Mileham, time 24.26

Runners doing the warm up. Picture: Kevin Lines.Runners doing the warm up. Picture: Kevin Lines.

2nd – Nina Hale, time 24.44

3rd – Sarah Callaghan, time 27.24

• 10K men:

1st – Adam Wadley, time 40.00

Runners doing the warm up. Picture: Kevin Lines.Runners doing the warm up. Picture: Kevin Lines.

2nd – Duncan Sloan, time 41.21

3rd – Ben Walsh, time 41.57

• 10K women:

1st – Emma Pearce, time 46.14

The Toddler Dash. Picture: Kevin Lines.The Toddler Dash. Picture: Kevin Lines.

2nd – Katherine Winn, time 46.29

3rd – Elaine Daly, time 50.38

Fundraisers celebrating. Picture: Kevin Lines.Fundraisers celebrating. Picture: Kevin Lines.

Before the race. Picture: Kevin Lines.Before the race. Picture: Kevin Lines.

Fundraisers celebrating. Picture: Kevin Lines.Fundraisers celebrating. Picture: Kevin Lines.

Fundraisers celebrating. Picture: Kevin Lines.Fundraisers celebrating. Picture: Kevin Lines.

Fundraisers celebrating. Picture: Kevin Lines.Fundraisers celebrating. Picture: Kevin Lines.

Men's 3rd Ben. Picture: Kevin Lines.Men's 3rd Ben. Picture: Kevin Lines.

Men's 2nd Duncan Sloan. Picture: Kevin Lines.Men's 2nd Duncan Sloan. Picture: Kevin Lines.

Fundraisers celebrating. Picture: Kevin Lines.Fundraisers celebrating. Picture: Kevin Lines.

Mens 1st Adam Wadley. Picture: Kevin Lines.Mens 1st Adam Wadley. Picture: Kevin Lines.

Fundraisers celebrating. Picture: Kevin Lines. Picture: Kevin Lines.Fundraisers celebrating. Picture: Kevin Lines. Picture: Kevin Lines.

Fundraisers celebrating. Picture: Kevin Lines.Fundraisers celebrating. Picture: Kevin Lines.

Finishers celebrating. Picture: Kevin Lines.Finishers celebrating. Picture: Kevin Lines.

Finish line celebrations. Picture: Kevin Lines.Finish line celebrations. Picture: Kevin Lines.

A dog watching the run. Picture: Kevin Lines.A dog watching the run. Picture: Kevin Lines.

Bob Wilson, 5K women's 1st Melissa Mileham, Willow CEO Jonathan Aves. Picture: Kevin Lines.Bob Wilson, 5K women's 1st Melissa Mileham, Willow CEO Jonathan Aves. Picture: Kevin Lines.

5K 3rd place Sarah Callaghan. Picture: Kevin Lines.5K 3rd place Sarah Callaghan. Picture: Kevin Lines.

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