SPORT has once again proved a winner, with the Bayer Newbury 10k this year raising £13,820 for charity – one of the highest totals raised from the event.
The funds will be split evenly between Naomi House and Jacksplace, which provides support for children with life-limiting conditions, and Newbury Athletic Club, which encourages people of all ages into athletics.
Now in its ninth year, the race saw around 950 people take to the streets of Newbury in May, including nearly 170 juniors.
Bayer’s UK and Ireland head of communications, Simon Greenstreet, said: “Every year we remain both astounded and impressed by the huge commitment of the people of Newbury and West Berkshire to this flagship event in the community calendar and we’d like to thank everyone who played a part in its success.
“This is a great result for the race because all the money from the entries has gone to two organisations which provide vital resources to the community at large.
“We are very proud that we have been able to support them and that we will continue to support the race next year.”
Scores of volunteers pitched in to make the event a big success, and the races were also supported by Stuart March Photography, which donated £100 to Naomi House and Jacksplace as a result of photo sales from the junior races.
Naomi House and Jacksplace fundraising manager Clare Lay said: “We are thrilled to have been supported by Bayer for another year and money raised for us has such a huge impact.
“It costs just under £6,000 to run Naomi House for a day so this donation has truly facilitated our services – thank you.”
Race director Becky Coxhead, of Newbury AC, added: “We were delighted it went well, and are already planning ahead to next year’s race.”