Runners raise money for ‘hospice at home’ service

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THIS year Chiltern Chase in Ewelme will raise money for Sue Ryder.

The multi-terrain challenge, which includes running distances of 5km, 10km and 15km, will take place on Sunday, June 12.

It was started in 2006 by a group of runners who met regularly to run through Ewelme and has raised over £100,000 for charity.

Organizer and parish councilor Barry Tindall said: “As regular runners in the area, we knew how beautiful it was, so we created a course and organized our first race.

“We’ve done this every year since, supporting around 10 different charities along the way, including John Radcliffe Hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit, Thames Valley Air Ambulance and Mind. Every year, half of our profits go to Ewelme Primary School. We even helped raise funds for the village pavilion.

“We have wanted to support Sue Ryder for some time as South Oxfordshire Hospice is local to us and the charity has cared for people we know.

“Many of us are familiar with the care provided by Sue Ryder, so we are delighted to be hosting the event to raise funds for them over the next two years.”

Mr Tindall added: “We modified the course two years ago to make it less hilly and feedback from riders is that they are really enjoying the scenic off-road course and the Ridgeway.”

Andrew Farrell, 44, who lives in the village, has participated in the Chase almost every year.

He said: “It’s a really great race and the atmosphere is great. We start on the common ground and it’s a fun day for the whole family with a warm up and music to keep everyone going.

“The families of the runners are there to cheer everyone on and there is often a bit of competition between the runners as they tackle the last 20 meters which adds to the atmosphere.

“With 5km, 10km and 15km options through stunning scenery, there is something for everyone. We even involve Nordic walkers.

“No matter how fast you ride, it’s the participation that counts. You feel really good at the end knowing that you are supporting a charity.

“It’s a race for my local community in my local community giving something back. Whether you are local or not, there is a truly warm welcome for anyone who wants to join us.

Meghan Bentley, Community Fundraiser at Sue Ryder South Oxfordshire Hospice, said: ‘We are absolutely delighted to be charity partners of the popular Chiltern Chase for the next two years and would like to thank the organizers for supporting us.

“Our care relies on the generosity of local people, communities and organizations raising vital funds, so your support makes all the difference.

“It means we can be there for more families when it matters, helping them fill their precious final days with love and care.”

To register visit www.chilternchase.org.uk

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