A RECORD number of participants braved the icy cold weather at Rockingham last Sunday (January 29) to help raise thousands of pounds for Lakelands Day Care Hospice in Corby.
A total of 540 participants, including 16 wheelchair athletes, turned out for the eighth annual Brass Monkey 10K/Fun Run, to raise a fantastic £7300 for the hospice, which provides vital support for both those living with cancer or other life threatening illnesses and their families.
Around 150 people of all ages joined in the fun run completing one lap of Rockingham’s famous1.5-mile banked Oval before the serious athletes hit Europe’s fastest motor racing circuit for a gruelling four laps of the track.
Lakelands Hospice Fundraising Manager, Paul Marlow said: “The event was a great success with something for everyone, a fast-flat course for the serious runners and a friendly lively atmosphere for the fun runners and children; we are also very proud to accommodate the wheelchair race which saw some very fast times this year.
“I’d like to say a huge thank you to all the volunteers who turned out to help make the event run smoothly. This year’s event broke all records for the number of runners with over 540 taking part, the support and atmosphere was tremendous as everyone crossed the finished line.
“I would also like to say a big special thank you to event sponsor Aircare Compressors for providing the bespoke medals, local businesses Weetabix, Tayto, Asda Corby and Anytime Fitness for their support with the goody bags and of course, Rockingham for donating the fantastic venue.”
As always, all money raised through this event including entry fees, goes directly to Lakelands Hospice. Now in its eighth year, the Brass Monkey event has raised nearly £40,000 for the charity, which will help provide both Home Care Services and specialist palliative care to patients.
For more information on how you could get involved with other fundraising events, visit the Lakelands Hospice website at lakelandshospice.org.uk and click on the fundraising section, or alternatively email PaulMarlow@lakelandsdaycarehospice.org.uk