Harborough Carnival of Running raises £22,000 for charity

Harborough Carnival of Running raises £22,000 for charity

Caroline Lawson with staff from The Market Harborough Building Society and pupils taking part in their marathon fund raising effort.

The Harborough Carnival of Running, which took place on Saturday 13th June, has now raised over £22,000 for a range of local and national charities.

The event, which was organised by Race Harborough, consisted of a half marathon, a 10k run, and a relay challenge. Whilst £5 from each entry was donated to local charity The Squires Effect, runners gained sponsorship to donate to a wide variety of charities.

Some of the runners’ chosen charities included Fight for Sight and Guide Dogs, Cransley Hospice, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance, British Heart Foundation, CCLG, and Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

One local runner, Caroline Lawson, used her run to raise money for Market Harborough C of E primary school’s PTA. She also challenged the school to run with her and organised a sponsored running day at the school, where each year group had 30 minutes to run as far as they could. In total the school ran 500.5 miles (over 32 half marathons), and the combined efforts of Caroline and the school raised £2610 for the school. The Market Harborough Building Society, who were the title sponsors for the race, presented several children at the school with money boxes as rewards for their efforts.

Caroline comments “I ran the London Marathon 2 years ago although I certainly don’t see myself as a usual runner. I am just a normal mum with 2 children who decided one day it would be good to run a marathon. When I heard that Harborough was having its own half marathon I wanted to take part, and thought it would be a great way to encourage the children to get involved, as well as raising funds for new books for the school’s library refurbishment.”

Brian Corcoran, one of the Carnival of Running’s organisers comments: “We’re so proud that the event has raised over £22,000 in its first year, and we’re determined to increase this amount in next year’s event, at which we hope to have over 1000 entries.”

Race Harborough was formed in 2014 to encourage people in the Harborough area to take part in a range of local outdoor activities. Founders Amy Handford and Brian Corcoran have already organised several successful events, including the Festival of Cycling and the 2014 Santa Run, and will be unveiling details about the upcoming Archway Health Triathlon in the coming weeks.

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