Friday, June 5, 2020

Redbrik Chesterfield Half approaches fundraising milestone

Organisers of the Redbrik Chesterfield Half Marathon have hailed the event’s success after it raised near to £100,000 for charities in its first two years.

The event saw more than 1,500 people register in 2018, many of whom raised funds for good causes including the event’s charity partners, Chesterfield-based Ashgate Hospicecare and Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, based in North Anston.

In 2018, the event included the 13.1-mile Half Marathon, Peak FM Five Mile Run and 1km Blachford Fun Run, and 15 teams entered the Pronto Paints Wellbeing Challenge.

The event also saw a new Redbrik Half record time of 1:14:58 set by Gary Gregory, with Nicola Holland the fastest female in a time of 1:26:26.

The 2019 Redbrik Chesterfield Half will take place on 20 October, starting at 9:30am from Queen’s Park in Chesterfield. The Early Bird entry price of £22 for the event is available until 31 January.

John Timms, Event Director at Redbrik Chesterfield Half Marathon, said: “We’re incredibly proud to see how much has been raised by the event since its relaunch in 2017.”

“To have raised in the region of £100k in our first two years is remarkable, but we want to kick on and keep raising money for good causes.”

“If the event continues to grow at the rate it has done so far, with the help of the people of Chesterfield, the local community and event partners, we can continue to do something very special for some incredible causes.”

Mark Ross, Director at headline sponsor Redbrik Estate Agents, said: “It’s been fantastic to be part of such a special event – the Redbrik Half Marathon has gone from strength-to-strength since it was revamped a couple of years ago.”

“To have got to where we are now in such a short space of time is a great achievement, but I think I speak for us all in saying that we want to take it even further.”

“Next, we’d love to get over 2,000 runners on the start line and double the amount we’ve raised so far for charity.”

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