Englefield 10k 'most succesfull yet'

Medals run out as organisers didn't anticipate high on-the-day entry

Englefield 10k 'most succesfull yet'

ORGANISERS of the Englefield 10k run have said this year’s event was the most successful yet.

The run, organised by Reading Abbey Rotary Club with Tadley Runners, returned for its seventh outing on Sunday. 

The 10k run attracted its highest number of entrants to date, with 337 setting off around the estate. 

The fastest time was 37 minutes and 31 seconds, run by David Meacock from Basingstoke and Mid Hants Athletic Club.

The fastest woman was Natalie Thomas, who crossed the line in 45 minutes and eight seconds.

There were 49 runners in the under-15s category. Fastest boy was Richard Sutton, at 14 minutes and 25 seconds, followed shortly by the fastest girl Eleanor Thompson at 17 minutes and 16 seconds.

The event proved such a success that the club has apologised to runners who were not awarded a medal on Sunday, as it didn’t anticipate the high number of on-the-day registrations. It said that medals would be sent out.

For more results, visit www.englefieldrun.info 

The event also saw the treasure hunt return for a second year.

The winning team were the Swainston-Harrison brothers from Mortimer. More than £90 was donated by families participating in the hunt.

The president from Reading Abbey, Paul Webster, said: “This has been our most successful run to date, so many runners took part.

“Our thanks to Richard Benyon for allowing the run on the estate, as we wouldn’t be able to do this without their support.

“It’s been a great day, with much-needed money being raised to Reading YMCA”.

The club also thanked all runners who took part over the challenging terrain, saying that it wouldn’t be able to raise much- needed money for charity without them.

This year the Rotary Club is raising money for its chosen charity of the year, Reading YMCA. The money will be used to purchase equipment for its workshop.

Some young people supported by Reading YMCA are not in employment, education or training.

The equipment will enable training and support to be provided to young people to gain skills, build their confidence and ability to gain employment.

Last year’s race saw more than 300 people raise around £3,000 for cancer charity Hope for Tomorrow.

For more information about Rotary visit www.rarc.org.uk 

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