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Hundreds take on Kirkwood Hospice 10k challenge

Hundreds of runners donned their vests and laced up their trainers for a Huddersfield charity challenge

Warming up before the 10k race

Hundreds of runners donned their vests and laced up their trainers for a Huddersfield charity challenge.

More than 200 people took part in the Kirkwood Hospice Trail Run raising thousands of pounds in the process.

Now an annual event, the second Kirkwood Trail Run was the brainchild of John Philpott and Tim Cock, who both lost wives to cancer.

John, who marks the anniversary of his wife Joanne’s death this week, was understandably proud at the success of the Trail Run.

He said: “It’s just starting to sink in now.

“I’ve been really busy but it’s been a good event and it’s great that we’ve got more runners than last year.”

The run again proved a huge success, raising well over £6,000 for Kirkwood Hospice.

The first female to cross the finish line in the main event was Holmfirth Harrier Nicola Brown from Highburton.

 

Nicola, who was running in support of her grandmother, who has been receiving care at the Dalton-based hospice, clocked a time of 42mins 48 seconds.

She said she was thrilled with her time and added: “I’ve had some time off running and just come back.

“Part of the reason for coming along was to support Kirkwood because my grandma has been in the hospice this year”.

First over the line was Andy Whitworth, of Longwood, who finished in a time of 36 minutes 37 seconds.

Gabrielle Butler, fundraiser at Kirkwood Hospice, said “The support that has been shown with the event is fantastic, from people living within Huddersfield, Holmfirth, North Kirklees and beyond.

“It just goes to show how the hospice touches many people’s lives”.

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