7th Aug, 2020

Runners raise more than £5,800 for Bromsgrove Blood Cancer UK despite cancelled event

MORE than £5,8000 has so far been raised through Bromsgrove’s Blood Cancer UK fun run, despite the event officially being cancelled.

Runner Natalie Nokes last month announced in the Standard she was taking on the course in her own time and managed to beat her own personal best by two minutes.

She also urged others to do the same by creating their own 10k routes in their local areas which boosted the funds.

The Worcestershire Royal doctor suggested, once people completed their 10k, they send a photograph or screenshot of the Strava, Garmin, Map My Run or stopwatch to organised Nicole Harris.

Successful runners receive a t-shirt and medal.

Natalie also offered to help people devise a 10k route and people can still email her at natnokes@hotmail.com if they want to give it a go.

Natalie added: “I was so glad I was able to help – my friend’s little boy and a couple of other people I know organised their own runs.

“It’s also helped my total – I raised £200 last year but I’m almost up to £1,000 this time around.”

Last year’s fun run for the charity, then called Bloodwise, raised in excess of £27,000 but that was near impossible to match because of the Coronavirus cancellation.

Race organiser Nicole Harris, from the Bromsgrove branch of Blood Cancer UK, thanked everyone who has organised a run and has been delivering t-shirts to those who successfully completed their runs and has medals for them.

She said: “It is great so many people have given it a go and considering we had to cancel the official event it’s a fantastic amount.”

The lockdown could not have come at a worse time for the charity – as well as the run, the charity’s annual walk was due to take place on June 7 at the Jinney Ring Craft Centre but has also fallen victim to the virus.

And with so much emphasis on walking during the quarantine Nicole said she was hoping people would now organise their Bromsgrove Blood Cancer UK walk – she also has last year’s t-shirts people can have for successfully completing their strolls.

Anyone wanting to organise one for them and their family can email Nicole Harris at nicnoelharris@aol.com or call her on 01527 878493.

Alternatively visit the Facebook page.

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