25th May, 2019

Hundreds of runners raised more than £1,200 for Marie Curie in Solihull half marathon

Sarah Mason 17th Apr, 2019 Updated: 30th Apr, 2019

HUNDREDS of runners who took to the streets of Solihull raised more than £1,200 in aid of Marie Curie during the town’s half marathon.

Almost perfect weather conditions set the scene for the 13.1 mile route which started at Blythe Valley Business Park before taking to the rural roads with twisty inclines.

The Marie Curie Hospice was chosen by organisers KP Events as this year’s nominated charity.

So far £1, 243 has been handed to the hospice and more is expected to hit the charity’s coffers when all donations have been handed in.

Amy McNaughton-Brown, fundraising engagement lead at the Marie Curie West Midlands Hospice, said: “Thank you to KP events for choosing to support our local Hospice this year and to all those who ran from us.

“It is support such as this that funds 70 per cent of our services, enabling us to care for people living with terminal illness in our Hospice or in their own homes.”

The race was won by Tom Ritchie of Birchfield Harriers in one hour 17minutes and 39seconds.

The first female athlete home was Jessica Douglas in one hour 27minutes and 58seconds.

Kevin Wilson, from KP Events, said: “What a fantastic event, the day went very smoothly and we’ve had a lot of fabulous feedback.

“Our charity of choice this year the Marie Curie Hospice helped make the event even better this year, they had their staff present encouraging the runners and people running on their behalf helped create a lovely atmosphere.”

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