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Road race trotters break piggybank for hospice

A Brentwood-based running club celebrated the success of a race by donating £2,000 of the surplus raised by the event to a local hospice.
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The BNY Mellon Brentwood & Essex Championship 10k 2015 organised by the Thrift Green Trotters in July lured 492 runners to take part. This was a record entry and allowed the club to donate the money raised from entry fees and sponsorship takings to Saint Francis Hospice at a regular club meeting held at the Brentwood Centre on Wednesday 2nd December.

"Thanks to BNY Mellon, Gosnay's Engineering Limited, Brentwood Leisure Trust, and Fast Feet Sports Limited we were able to organise a really successful race this summer," said Brian Harding the Race Director.

"I'd also like to particularly thank Heather Eltham the Race Secretary, Alison Norrington, the Chief Marshall, Blackmore Primary School and Blackmore Sports and Social Club for their help on the day, and the people of Blackmore and surrounding villages who came out in force to cheer our runners on during the morning. " added Brian.

 "We are delighted to be able to organise the event and raise all this money for the great work that the hospice does in Brentwood and surrounding areas."

Around 50 of the Thrift Green Trotters members are already preparing to take part in the next LV=Brentwood Half Marathon on Sunday 20th March 2016 with many others members involved as race marshalls and event supporters.  

"We are very grateful to the Thrift Green Trotters for this magnificent sum from their summer 10k and for continuing to allocate club places to the hospice in the Brentwood Half and London Marathons," said Katy Woodgate, Events Manager at the hospice.

"Without their support and the support of other runners and clubs like them we would not be able to achieve the £80,000 we expect to raise from the London Marathon. Around 1 in 5 of all people we care for are from the borough of Brentwood so it's especially heartening to see so many local people raising money for our work."

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Thrift Green Trotters celebrating raising £2,000 for Saint Francis Hospice at their regular Wednesday night meeting at the Brentwood Centre. Brian Harding is second from right in the front row.