BIG-hearted runners are limbering up for a 10K race in memory of a little girl from Warwick.
The Wright Hassall Regency 10k Run, in Leamington, has become a popular fixture in the sporting calendar for running clubs and fundraisers alike since it was first held in 2005, raising more than £420,000 for local causes.
It returns for its 19th year on Sunday April 2 – organised by The Leamington Round Table and sponsored by Leamington lawyers Wright Hassall – with proceeds donated to this year’s official race charity, Warwick-based Molly Ollys Wishes.
Molly Ollys was established following the death of Rachel and Tim Ollerenshaw’s eight-year-old daughter Molly from a rare kidney cancer and marked its tenth anniversary last year.
The charity provides emotional support for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families by delivering wishes and donating its ‘Olly The Brave’ therapeutic toy lion and books to children both directly and through hospitals across the UK.
Rachel said: “The Wright Hassall Regency 10k is a great local event which brings together thousands of runners. We’re delighted to be involved this year and to help promote the run.
“We have 10 people running in the event who are fundraising for Molly Ollys and their money – and the proceeds raised – will help us to make a real difference to the lives of children who have a life-threatening health condition.”
Phil Wilding, managing partner of Wright Hassall, added: “We have supported the run every year since its inception and are delighted to be doing so again this year, and I know many of our staff are looking forward to taking part.
“It has grown to become not only one of the most popular 10k runs in the country, but also a real community event which brings the town together.”
Beginning at 9.30am on Sunday April 2, runners start at Newbold Terrace East. The route then heads anti-clockwise around Newbold Comyn, before heading back into Leamington town centre, taking in Victoria Park and Jephson Gardens, and then finishing up at Mill Gardens.
As well as supporting Molly Ollys, some of the proceeds will be donated to local charities, PTA’s, and scout groups.
A place costs £24 and can be booked at www.regency10k.co.uk