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2022 Finish Line Frolic

It’s hard to believe that two months have passed since the Finish Line Frolic on 31st July. It’s taken that time for us to finalise the various financial aspects of the event.

Last weekend our chairman Keith Passingham paid a visit to another Hare & Tortoise Running charity event “Mayor & Tortoise-Mayor’s Big Run” and was pleased to be advised of the final Frolic donation, a fantastic £3,854, which includes the sponsorship funds from My Race Kit, Southbourne Physiotherapy, and Malcolm Keys Consulting.

We would like to thank Bev and Pete at Hare & Tortoise once again for their fantastic support and that of our wonderful sponsors and supporters, at the event and through months of preparation.

We were delighted to attract 131 entries, 115 runners on the day, all competing over a lapped approximately 5k route which started at Belchamps Scout Centre (who made us very welcome) and passed though Gusted & Hockley Woods.

Runners completed as many laps as they wished in the 6-hour time limit, with Mike Woodward of Pitsea RC and Jemma Lee of Leigh on Sea Striders, coming out on top. 

Full results are here:

Here’s what some of the runners had to say: –

“An awesome experience”

“Friendly, Fun and Peaceful”

“Wonderfully organised, inclusive event”

“Great event, medal and goody bag”

“Great race, lovely atmosphere”

“Brilliantly organised, great route”

“There was so much to love about this event”

Finally, we are delighted to announce that the Frolic will return on Sunday 30th July 2023, once more at Belchamps Scout Centre. Please come and join us, you can sign up here

Hawkwell junior parkrun Defibrillator

This morning we were at Hawkwell junior parkrun. Last year we stepped up to fund the purchase of a defibrillator when the Event Director deemed the one at Clements Hall was too far from the course. 69 junior park runners completed the course on a lovely morning.

Hawkwell Junior parkrun commented:

A huge thank you for your donation! We cannot run our event without direct access to an AED and due to our post COVID relocation to the pavilion, the one at Clements Hall was just a little too far away and posed too much of a risk.

Your kind donation not only means we can run our event each week as we have the right safety equipment in place, but it means we have our own AED on site should anything ever happen.

The safety of our volunteers, runners and their families is always our utmost priority so this was such an important step towards our safe return last year and we cannot thank the finish fund line enough.

A thank you to our supporters and our 2021 Review

It was a very busy year for the charity in 2021.

Despite Covid 19 continuing to severely restrict live fundraising event opportunities, the Charity was successful in exceeding its fundraising budget at a level of c £15,000 for the period to 31st October 2021.

Many thanks to everyone who contributed and made that happen.

This success was due in the main to the fantastic support the charity received to its online events, via its London Marathon Team and from a series of personal fundraising via various challenges.

Our most notable achievement however was to significantly increase the number of grants we awarded. We are delighted to advise that these numbered 26 across a variety of different sports.

These grants funded South East Essex sports clubs with defibrillators, a host of different equipment and to various event organisers, covered the cost of medical cover on race days. The total of these grants totalled c£13,000

During the height of the summer, we were very pleased to hear that the defibrillator we installed at Jubilee Beach, Southend in 2020, was instrumental in saving the life of a lady visiting the seafront.

2022 has already seen us agree three more grants and we would like to reiterate once more,  how grateful we are to all our supporters who have helped in this success.

We all look forward to continuing our work during the coming months.

Keith Passingham


Finish Line Fund

Reg charity 1179170