Each year Halstead Road Runners donates a large percentage of the profits from the Halstead and Essex Marathon to local good causes. The charities to benefit from the money raised this year are:
Halstead in Bloom
Halstead Day Centre
St Helena Hospice
The Tabor Centre in Braintree
TAPS (Travel Aid for Parents of Sick Children)
Cheques for £100 have also been sent to each of the 3 Halstead Primary Schools and Pebmarsh Primary School for them to put towards sports equipment.
Representatives from the various charities attended a formal presentation at the Road Runners’ clubhouse at the Courtauld Sports Ground in Halstead. Councillor Mrs Shirley Diver, Chairman of Halstead Town Council and Mayor of Halstead, who herself supported the marathon by handing out medals to finishers on race day said “I am honoured to have been asked to be involved in this presentation. The club has raised a tremendous amount of money which will go to support local charities. I think this is amazing. I am very proud that this happens in Halstead.”
Keith Thorogood, the marathon’s Race Director for over a decade, said “The marathon is very much a club effort. Halstead Road Runners is thriving at the moment with a growing membership. A lot of work goes into the event by our members, both old and new. We are proud to support the local community in this way. I would personally like to thank all those involved who give their time on the day”.
One of the charities who help on race day by providing refreshments is Halstead Day Centre. Veronica Harman and Frances Fearn from the Day Centre said “This donation is vital to us particularly in light of cuts to statutory funding”.
The 2018 Halstead and Essex Marathon will take place on Sunday 13 May. Entries are already open at https://www.halsteadroadrunners.org.uk/marathon-entry/