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Hundreds of Runners Step Up For Good

10k and family fun runs boosts funding for local projects

Newbury, UK, 17 October 2017 – Runners, of all ages laced up their trainers and turned out in force for Greenham Trust’s Step Up 4 Good races on Sunday, raising money for many local community projects.

Upwards of 800 runners descended upon Greenham Common, with 338 taking part in the mini-mile and 3k fun runs, and a further 462 competing in the in the 5K and 10K runs.

The mini-mile run was the first to get under way, with 9-year-old John Youd flying across the finish line in an unbeatable time of 07:09. Among the mini-mile and 3K runners were a number of pupils from St John the Evangelist Primary School, Robert Sandilands School, Falkland Primary School, Willows Primary School, St Nicolas Primary School and Ladybirds Pre-School, all raising funds for their own school projects.

Also taking part were a number of teams raising money local good causes such as Rosemary Appeal, Brighter Futures, Parenting Special Children, Living Paintings, Parkinson’s, MS Therapy and many more.

There was a huge turnout for the 10K, with hot competition for the prizes. From Newbury Athletic Club, Matthew Green completed the 10K course in 34:31 and took first place. Hot on Matthew’s heels was Bernie Gerrard at 38:26, closely followed by James Owen at 38:37. Amber Gascoigne was the first woman home in 39:03, followed by Marina Stedman from The Good Exchange who clocked 44:38 for second spot and Caroline Pettigrew who took third with a 44:57 time.

After building on the success of last year’s inaugural event, chief executive of Greenham Trust, Chris Boulton, said,

“We are delighted with the success of this year’s event. The race village comprising of charity stalls, fitness companies, massage therapists and refreshments kept runners fed and watered and spectators entertained and we had a huge turnout of families and athletes who all contributed to this fantastic day. Congratulations to all of the runners that took part.

“Step Up 4 Good is a valuable addition to Greenham Trust’s events, bringing people from all walks of life together to raise money for worthy community projects and the amount of money raised today reflects its popularity. The event wouldn’t be possible without the support of all the local businesses, volunteers and hard work of the team here at the Trust.”

Greenham Trust give special thanks to BBOWT for use of the Common, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Wilkinson for providing the water, Northcroft Leisure Centre and Nightingale Fitness for race prizes and Community Furniture Project for volunteering.

All of the official results can be seen in full at www.stepup4good.co.uk.