Inaugural Havering Step 2 It 5k raises more than £2,000 for First Step

PUBLISHED: 16:56 31 July 2017 | UPDATED: 17:20 31 July 2017

Organisers and runners of the First Step 5km run in partnership with Grove and Dean.

Organisers and runners of the First Step 5km run in partnership with Grove and Dean.


More than 100 joggers from all walks of life came together for a charity’s inaugural fun run.

First Step hosted the Havering Step 2 It 5k 2017 – sponsored by Grove & Dean – at Raphael Park, Main Road, Romford, on Wednesday, July 26, with 120 people pulling on their trainers.

The event was launched at 6.30pm by race director Matthew Collett and Mayor of Havering Councillor Linda Van den Hende, with participants including teams from Up Joggers, Mullis & Peake, Halifax Building Society, Forefront, Havering 90 Joggers, and of course organisers First Step and Grove & Dean.

The fastest male runner was David Bell (18:26), and the fastest female Hayley Law (23:04).

Matthew said: “A huge congratulations and sincere thank you for everyone who took part. Together we have managed to raise in excess of £2,400 to help support the valuable work of First Step.

Organisers and runners of the First Step 5km run in partnership with Grove and Dean. Rebecca Marchington with mum Allie Marchington Organisers and runners of the First Step 5km run in partnership with Grove and Dean. Rebecca Marchington with mum Allie Marchington

“We look forward to developing the race in future years and trying to encourage more runners to take part and support a fantastic cause.

“First Step have been a huge support helping us to prepare for the event and we are happy to confirm our commitment over the next few years to support this valuable charity, who work tirelessly to provide an environment and support for families of very young children with special needs and/or disabilities to maximise their individual potential.”

First Step chief executive Mark Halls added: “The Havering Step 2 It 5k 2017 was a great event and we are extremely grateful to Matt, his team at Grove & Dean and all the volunteers for their hard work.

“It was a wonderful atmosphere in Raphael Park – so many people came together and got involved. Runners from as far as Bath came to be part of the event.

“Grove & Dean’s dedication and support is valued by us all here at First Step.”

The charity, in Tangmere Crescent, Hornchurch, supports the families of pre-school children with special needs and disabilities.

For more information on the services it provides, and upcoming fundraising activities, visit

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