MORE than 500 runners donned their trainers on Sunday (17th February) to take part in the St. Luke’s Hospice Test Track 10 at the Ford Test Track in Dunton, Basildon.
The sun was shining bright for the race, which is organised by St. Luke’s Hospice in partnership with Ford Motor Company Ltd. Now in its 9th year, the Test Track 10 has grown in popularity with runners of all abilities taking part and enjoying the smooth, flat course.
While the race allowed many to go home with a hard-earned ‘Personal Best’, it also provides invaluable funds for St. Luke’s Hospice to help care and support local people with life-limiting illness, their families and carers through a range of services.
Kerry Chambers, Fundraiser at St. Luke’s Hospice, said: “This year’s Test Track 10 was one of our best yet. The sun shone all day long and it just made it a great day for all involved.
“Thank you to everyone who helped make the event possible and such a great success; from Dave Gwilliams at Ford Motor Company who has spent the last eight months working in his free time to support this event, to all the amazing staff and volunteers who attended on the day to marshal and runners who took part. More runners than ever took part this year helping to raise money for the Hospice.”
The first runner across the finish line was Robert Doyle in a time of 1:00:45. The top finishers are as follows;
1st Robert Doyle (1:00:45)
2nd James Foot (1:01:30)
3rd Sean Scott (1:01:30)
1st Kirsty Fitzgibbon (1:01:43)
2nd Nikki Brockbank (1:03:46)
3rd Charlotte Bishop (1:04:47)
Male Veteran: 1st Robin Mcnelis (1:01:37)
Female Veteran: 1st Linda Day (1:19:19)
Wheelchair participant: 1st Eddie Clampin (1:18:01)
Inspired to take on a challenge for St. Luke’s Hospice? To find out how you can get involved, visit: www.stlukeshospice.co.uk