Harold Wood Running Club’s maiden organised race hailed as a ‘phenomenal success’
PUBLISHED: 11:49 17 October 2016 | UPDATED: 11:49 17 October 2016
Runners of all ages laced up their trainers and got to grips with a club’s first ever official race.
A total of 187 people took part in Harold Wood Running Club’s inaugural five-mile run around Harold Wood Park yesterday morning.
It’s the first time anyone has prepared a race in Harold Wood, with organisers hoping the event will become an established race on the running calendar after a great response.
Race director Barry Wiseman said: “As a new enthusiastic club, Harold Wood Running Club has been training in Harold Wood Park for the past two years.
“It is a beautiful place to run and includes some challenging hills along with the lovely scenery and bird life.
“It was an obvious venue for a rather special race to be held.”
After a wet, dreary start to Sunday, runners ended up being able to enjoy a sunny autumnal day.
The five-mile run was a measured event in accordance with the official British athletics organisation Run Britain.
Carl Partis was the first male finisher with a time of 29 minutes and 33 seconds, while Morgan Campbell was the quickest female with a time of 34 minutes and 41 seconds.
Havering’s deputy mayor Linda Van den Hende was on hand to present race winners with their £50 gift card prizes at the finish line.
Mr Wiseman has hailed the day as a “phenomenal success” and has also thanked sponsors and supporters for their generosity which ensured substantial donations to local charities Joni’s Army and Add Up.