When news happens, text AND and your photos or videos to 80360. Or contact us by email and phone.
Basingstoke Half-Marathon celebrated at prizegiving ceremony
IT WAS a great event – and now winners, sponsors and volunteers invol-ved in the third Desti-nation Basingstoke Shire Half-Marathon have gathered for a special celebration and prizegiving.
The event, held at Sherfield School, in Sherfield-on-Loddon, celebrated the achievements of those who took part and was an opportunity for organisers to look back on a successful race.
The Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane Councillor Dan Putty, pictured, handed out prizes for individuals and teams, helped by Rob Allen, sales director for David Wilson Homes, which sponsored all the cash prizes, vouchers and trophies.
Mr Allen said: “We were delighted to contribute to this event that is becoming such an important part of the town’s calendar.”
Cheques were also presented to local running clubs that had assisted with marshalling and by providing officials to help at the half-marathon, which was held on Sunday, October 6. Individual marshals received cheques for £30 to donate to charities of their choice.
As the official charity for the race, St Michael’s Hospice, in Basingstoke, received a cheque for £3,000 from all the online donations collected from runners by Destination Basingstoke.
The hospice also received a cheque from money raised from the post-race massages and from the bouncy castle and face painting at the event.
Chief Inspector Steve Wallace, district commander of Basing-stoke police, was recognised for his remarkable achievement of running the race in full riot kit, raising money for the hospice and The Police Dependants’ Trust.
Felicity Edwards, managing director of race organisers Destination Basingstoke, than-ked everyone for their hard work in making the race a success, particularly Shire, the headline sponsor which has sponsored the race for the past three years.
She said: “Shire believed in the race before there was a race. They placed trust in Destination Basingstoke and invested not only a large amount of money but their good name into the Basingstoke Half-Marathon. It was quite a risk, but one I hope they have found worthwhile.
“Destination Basingstoke, and the whole town, are very grateful for their faith and commitment. After their three years of investment, they will be leaving a legacy for Basingstoke that we hope will continue for many years to come.”
Comments are closed on this article.