More than 2000 runners completed the Havens Hospices annual Southend Half Marathon this weekend.
Runners took on the 13.1 mile route on Sunday 10th June along Southend’s coastline, starting at Shoeburyness East Beach. There was also a 3K family fun-run in a bid to raise £100,000 for the charity which cares for seriously ill children, young people and adults within the home, in the community and at its two hospices Little Havens and Fair Havens.
The first wheelchair athlete across the line was Adam Goldspink-Burgess followed closely Eddie Clampin from Flyers Southend. The first male runner to finish was Phil Dickens, followed by Ty Farrer and Liviu Ionita. The first three women to finish were Ginte Bailey, Vicky McElligott from Leigh on Sea Striders and Robyn Matson. The first runner back from the 3K run was Ryan Holeyman, 13 from Ilford.
Also taking part in the Fun Run was George Palmer. George’s dad, Nick, died shortly after completing the Southend Half Marathon in 2014 aged 37.
George, 10 from Great Wakering says,
“It was an exhausting run but great fun. I wanted to take part in memory of my Dad, but to also have fun with my friends.”
George’s mum, Anne Frewin, 38, says,
“George’s friends from Leigh Ramblers also took part and were raising money for The Finish Line Fund which was set up in Nick’s memory. We’re so pleased that people are continuing to support us and the fund.”
Another group taking part in memory of someone special had come from Barking. Luis Thomas died at Little Havens Hospice last month, aged just 15. He had an acute form of Leukaemia. His sister and friends from Barking Abbey School got together to run the 3K route and have raised over £1000 so far.
His sister Natalie says,
“We saw this as the perfect opportunity to come together and raise money for this wonderful cause. It’s our way of saying thank you and giving something back after all the support we received.”
A few people chose to tackle the course in fancy dress. Peter Redwood-Smith from Rayleigh wore a panda outfit. The 23 year old is running 52 races in 52 weeks – this was number 30.
“I ran my first ever race in October last year, which was such an amazing experience it inspired me to do more. I started my challenge in November and am planning races across the UK and EU. So far I’ve raised over £4,000 for good causes.”
Jane Hopkins, Events Fundraiser at Havens Hospices, said,
“The day couldn’t have gone any better and it was great to see so many local people not only taking part but lining the route to cheer runners on. Every runner who has trained for this event and crossed that start line has helped our hospices to continue caring for local adults, children and families when they need it most, and with their help we are well on our way to our £100,000 fundraising target.”
"This event wouldn't have been possible without the support of so many local people and organisations. We'd like to thank all the volunteers who helped marshal the route and water stations, Micky G the announcer for Southend United for being our MC. A big thank you to our sponsors The Underfloor Heating Store and supporter Flyers Southend; Nightingales Catering, EDMS Medical, Shoebury Army Cadets Detachment who volunteered handing out medals and water.
“Thank you to Body Matters for providing sports massage and physiotherapy on the day, Sundried for the runner’s goodie bags, Eat Natural for cereal bars for every runner, Jointace Vitabiotics for muscle rub gel samples and Runners Edge. And finally all the runners, their families and friends who cheer them on; together, we’re ‘Making every day count’.”
Havens Hospices includes Fair Havens Hospice in Westcliff and Little Havens Hospice in Thundersley. As a charity, it provides all its care and support free of charge, but it costs more than £100,000 every week so relies heavily on the generosity of its community to do so.
To view the Southend Half results click here.
Or for the 3k Family Fun Run Results, click here.
To find out more on how to support Havens Hospices please click here.