More than 600 runners and walkers took part in the annual Willow 10K on October 6 at historic Hatfield House, raising funds for Willow in its 20th anniversary.
Back for its 11th year and including a 1K Junior Race and shorter 5K route, this fun family event is as popular as ever. The weather held and runners & walkers stayed dry around the scenic course. Lady Salisbury officially started the race, alongside Willow’s Founders, Bob & Megs Wilson.
Lizzie Erian shared her story about her own Willow Special Day following a diagnosis with stage four oral cancer at aged 30, only last year. Following surgery to remove half her upper jaw and being told she may not be able to speak properly again, Lizzie has made a fantastic recovery and spoke articulately to the 10K participants, explaining how the anticipation of her Special Day kept her motivated during treatment and describing the day itself as a light at the end of a long dark tunnel. Lizzie then went on to run the 5K race, scooping the trophy for the second female winner.
All participants was awarded a new sustainable wooden medal and finishers’ t-shirt, sponsored by Simmons Bakery and Wrights Estate Agency.
Since 2009 the Willow 10K has been a hit with people of all ages taking part and they have raised more than £385,000 with funds raised for 2019 not yet confirmed as sponsorship is still coming in.
Bob Wilson said: “We love this event, seeing the same faces return with a smile each year along with new runners and charity supporters joining every time. Many of whom have a moving story as to why they are taking part or supporting Willow. Such a fun and friendly event which raises invaluable funds for Willow Special Days which provide much needed hope and happiness.”
New for 2020 will be a half marathon route – sign up for all routes, Junior 1K, 5K, 10K and half marathon. Discounts on registration price available until 20 October 2019.
Half Marathon - £4 discount code - RWW2020HALF
Other distrances - £2 discount code - RWW2020