More than a thousand runners chased fundraisers and fast times on the promenade of a seaside town this morning.
The Worthing 10k was back for another year and saw over 1,500 runners race along Marine Parade on a sunny but windy day.
The race was won by 31-year-old Finn McNally, who also won last year’s event, in a time of 31 minutes and seven seconds.
Cassie Thorp, 34, became the first woman to cross the finish line in a time of 34 minutes and 40 seconds.
“It was tough,” said Mr. McNally.
“I focused on each stage, I ran 1km and then 2km and then 3km and so on.”
Henry Ainsley, the bearded runner, took part in the 10K as part of his mission to run 2022 miles this year to support suicide prevention and raise funds for the Jet Singh Trust.
The 50-year-old, who lives in Worthing, was pushed to embark on his series of long-distance running challenges after losing his brother, uncle and friend to suicide that same year.
Mr Ainsley fell into depression and contemplated suicide before walking.
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Care For Veterans had 10,000 partners and had 25 runners at this year’s race, and the fundraising team was on hand with the bear mascot Gifford.
The charity, which has been providing long-term care, recovery and end-of-life care to disabled ex-service workers in Sussex since 1919, also let veterans who care for them enter the race.
Len Gibbon, a 98-year-old WWII veteran of the Normandy landings, and Steve Boylan, a 46-year-old former royal engineer, were wheeled along the circuit in wheelchairs.
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Mr. Boylan served as a warrant officer for over twenty years.
At the age of 39, he was thrown from his motorcycle and suffered a severe brain injury, partial paralysis and difficulty speaking.
It has now been four years since his arrival at Care for Veterans in which he has made “amazing” improvements that allow him an improved quality of life.
Mr. Gibbon came to Care for Veterans in 2019 after a number of falls which resulted in him needing extra help on a daily basis.
Mr. Boylan’s family and people who ministered alongside him were there to support him.
“They keep popping up to make sure he knows they always have him,” said Daniella Churcher, public relations and marketing officer for Care for Veterans.
“So it’s very special.”
Ms Churcher said events like the Worthing 10k are “vital” to ensure the charity can maintain its services.
“It’s absolutely crucial,” she said.
“It is vitally important to raise key funds to ensure our rehabilitation and respite care services continue.”
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/23034531.worthing-10k-sees-hundreds-race-along-seafront/?ref=rss At Worthing 10k, hundreds race along the coast