Runners battle through storm for charity

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Despite its best efforts, the rain was not enough to dampen the spirits of group of determined fun runners who took on a 5km challenge in aid of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals and its charity.

While other runs nearby were cancelled due to strong winds, brought on by Storm Desmond which caused chaos across the region over the weekend, the BTH 5k went ahead as planned at Stanley Park last Saturday morning.

Around 50 runners, many of whom work or are friends and family of staff at the Trust, met at Stanley Park Race Track and were led on a route through the park and along the main road to clock up their miles.

Winner of the run was James Godwin who works in the Cardiac Theatres Department, who finished in an impressive 20 minutes and one second. The first woman across the line was Daisy Seville who took just 22minutes and 10 seconds to complete the course.

The run was the brainchild of Healthy Workforce project manager Hannah Corless, who worked with Thornton Cleveleys Running Club to put on the event.

Hannah said: “The idea of the run started as the goal for our Couch to 5k running club, but as we got closer I realised that we could extend the run to include all staff, and help to raise money for our Trust charity, Blue Skies Hospitals Fund.

“I am pleased so many people turned up, despite the weather, and put in their best efforts. We had people who run for leisure throughout the week alongside people who had never done anything like this before.

“The aim of this event was to get staff thinking more about their health and taking up exercise, and it’s great that we have achieved that. We’ll definitely be looking at doing this again.

“I’d just like to thank Julie and Malc Sherwood for supporting the Trust in its drive to create a healthier workforce and for helping with the organisation of the fun run..”

All profit from the race, which cost participants £5 to enter, has been donated to Blue Skies, which will put it towards enhancing patient care across the Trust.

Head of Fundraising and Voluntary Services, Caroline Scholz, said: “A massive well done to all those who took part, not only for completing the run but also for turning up in what were extremely challenging conditions.

“Seeing the looks on their faces as they crossed the finishing line shows how much they have achieved, and the fact that the money they have raised goes back into enhancing patient care in their workplace makes their victory all the more sweeter.

“Thanks to everyone involved in making this a successful event.”