A Lincolnshire children’s hospice has been handed a cash boost thanks to the efforts of hundreds of big-hearted youngsters who took part in the Arena Group Lincoln Mini and Junior runs.
The event on Saturday was a curtain-raiser to Sunday’s Asda Foundation City of Lincoln 10K, organised by Run For All in partnership with the city council.
Enthusiastic supporters cheered on the spirited children as they made their way around the course which started and finished at the Yarborough Leisure Centre playing fields.
Open to youngsters of all abilities and free to enter, the mini run covered 2.8km and was open to primary school children aged 9-11, while secondary school pupils aged 11-15 were eligible for the 5km junior run.
Harry Denton and Emily Crookes took first place in the mini runs followed by Ed Parry and Eleanor Clarkson in second and Molly Warburton and Wiliam Webb in third place. First home in the junior event was Harrison Wood and Lucy Thornton with Jack Stocks and Rachel Nealon finishing second and Jordon Blight and Ellanor Brown third. Every child who crossed the line received a goody bag with a T-shirt and a finisher's medal.
Adrian Fitzpatrick, managing director of document management specialist the Arena Group, which has supported Run For All mini and junior runs since 2010, said: “It was wonderful to see so many youngsters taking on this charity challenge.
“The children finished with big smiles on their faces and their efforts set a great example for the adults to follow in the City of Lincoln 10K. Congratulations to all the youngsters who took part; they should be very proud of what they accomplished.”
Those taking part were encouraged to run for a good cause of their own choice or the event’s partner charity, St Andrew’s Children’s Hospice, which provides care for children and young adults from across Lincolnshire with a life limiting illness. The hospice costs £1.8m a year to run – with only three per cent of it coming from Government.
Angela Greenfield, the hospice’s events coordinator, said: “A big thank you to all the children and young people who took part in the mini and junior runs. We are enormously grateful for their efforts and the money raised will support our work in helping children or young people and their families through the most difficult times imaginable.”