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Set to run in Brentwood

There was plenty of Saint Francis Hospice orange in view on Thursday (3rd March) at the Marygreen Manor Hotel in Brentwood for the press launch of the 2016 Brentwood Half Marathon organised by Brentwood a Becket Rotary Club and sponsored by LV insurance.
Pic C Graham Wale with SFH runners (resized) (cropped)
The annual event to be held on Sunday 20th March supports many charities. "We hope to raise £90,000 with this year's event" said Graham Wale, the Chairman of Brentwood a Becket Rotary Club.

Dave Alton, the Rotary Club's Youth Service Chairman said: "Our preparatory work starts in January when begin stuffing envelopes with all the information runners need to take part in the event. This year there's in excess of 4,000 of them in the main race and over a 1,000 taking part in the Fun Run. There's also a huge logistical job on the day to marshall the event with around 200 people deployed along the course drawn from our members and fellow local Rotary clubs."

Among those running for Saint Francis Hospice is Gail Furniaux who works in finance in Canary Wharf and lives in Romford. "It's the first time I've run a half marathon. I was convinced to do it in a pub in Ireland -"but I wasn't drunk at the time!"

"I have been training and getting tips from fellow runners at work. Last weekend I managed a 9.7 mile run so I'm getting there! I've already broken my target of raising £250 for the hospice and I'm now aiming at getting to £500." 

Katy Woodgate, the Events Manager at Saint Francis Hospice said: "It costs us £21,000 every day to provide all of our services free of charge to local people affected by any life-limiting so we are so grateful to have so many people running for us in the Brentwood Half Marathon. It's a great event and our thanks as always to Brentwood a Becket Rotary Club for all their efforts in organising such a superb event."  

Pic A Gail and friends w Frankie
Gail Furniaux (second from right) with fellow runners (from L to R) Anita McCarthy, Loretta Murphy, Leela Emechebe and hospice mascot Frankie the lion.