Saturday 25th March saw the 3rd annual running of the Finish Line Fund Virtual Relay.
278 runners from six clubs took part and raised £1,924 for the Finish Line Fund.
The event simply requires 12 consecutive half hour slots to be filled by each club’s runners, with no limit on the maximum. Runners can run anywhere on their own route with points awarded for most mileage covered and number of runners per club.
Runners took part from Benfleet Running Club, Flyers Southend, Rayleigh Road & Trail, South Woodham Runners, Leigh-on-Sea Striders, and Pitsea Running Club.
Leigh-on-Sea Striders came out on top for the 2nd year running.
Mark Benham the charity’s secretary said.
“We are delighted that the event was such a success once more. We started this event in the 2021 lockdown and have now run two events since. To have so many runners on the streets raising money for the charity was fantastic. We’d like to thank all the runners who took part and the clubs who participated to ensure the numbers were high. Fundraising such as this is vital for us to continue our work”.
We recently completed the supply of new kit to Trinity Football Club U8 Lions. Here they are looking fantastic in their new kits and jackets. The funding also provided the team with new goals and other equipment to assist with training.
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 https://www.hareandtortoiserunning.co.uk 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.
Today we delivered more essential life saving equipment, this time to Dean Willis of Two Tails CrossFit in Wickford. We helped fund and source a defibrillator for the gym after a recent fantastic fundraising effort by the members.
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.
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.