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Royal Parks Half Marathon is jewel in the crown for Team SFH

It's more than just a walk in the park but when Team SFH ran 13.1 miles around London they were making a difference to end of life care services in their community.  
Dean Landers and Connie Kay 1 (cropped)
The Royal Parks Half Marathon was held on Sunday, October 9 and took runners through Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James's Park and Kensington Gardens and past iconic landmarks.     

Among those running for Saint Francis Hospice was Lee Rhodes, 33.    

Lee took it all in his stride as incredibly this was his fourth half marathon this year, not to mention the London Marathon he completed in April. Dean Landers and Connie Kay 1    

"This was a new one for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it," said Lee, from Brentwood.     

"It actually felt like a mini London Marathon as we were running through the closed streets of London and seeing so many iconic places like Buckingham Palace and Downing Street." 

Lee, a Project Manager for HCL in Romford, has been supporting the hospice since it cared for the family of two close friends and this year he has raised £2,000.    

Lee Rhodes with his race medal
"Over the years I have known a lot of people who were cared for by the hospice and I've learned a lot about the wonderful work it does and how it supports the family as well as the patient," he added.     

Connie Kay from Upminster and her boyfriend Dean Landers, froDean Landers and Connie Kay 1m Dagenham, signed up to support the hospice because it is a cause close to Connie's heart.      

"I am not really a runner and I wanted to challenge myself to do it as Saint Francis Hospice means a lot to me," said Connie, 21, who works as an office assistant.    

"My cousin's granddad was helped by the hospice and the charity helped my cousin too.

"I have also had close friends whose family members have been looked after by the hospice before they passed away so I just wanted to give something back."    

Nikki Martin, 43, from Ilford also stepped up for the charity.     
                                                                                               Dean Landers and Connie Kay
"I have been aware of the hospice for as long as I can remember and a lot of my friends have had family members who have benefited from its care and support services," said Nikki.    

"It is good to know it is there when people need it."