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Running in memory

Posted on September 18 2012 at 11:25:24

Memorial runners

More than 150 runners (and walkers), young and old, took to the countryside for the Josh Hanks Memorial Run, raising at least £6,000 for a charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.

The event was originally planned for April 29, the third anniversary of Josh’s death, aged 16, but was postponed at the last minute after gales blew away the preparations.

This time the sun shone on Weatheroak Hill as the runners gathered to be put through a warm-up routine by Hayley Gwilliam before filing up to the start (above).
There they were set off by Sharon Rippington, who took on the starter’s role originally planned for her husband, Pete.

Many of the runners were friends and family of Josh and the event was also strongly supported by staff from South Bromsgrove High, Crown Meadow and Alvechurch Middle schools.

The course of just under 5km took them cross country and up and down hills, with the winner, Callum Smith, coming in with an astonishing time of 15m 01secs.

After their exertions the runners added to the total raised for the Papyrus charity by buying raffle tickets, burgers and drinks, before they were entertained with music from young musicians including Jake Hanks and Josh’s friends, and the less-than-young Alvechurch tribute band The Beatless.

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