Upminster woman races to victory in 10k run for children’s charity

PUBLISHED: 10:00 24 September 2018

(L-R): Valerie Furbank pictured with her British 10k medal outside the Rainbow Trust shop in Upminster. Picture: Rainhbow Trust.

(L-R): Valerie Furbank pictured with her British 10k medal outside the Rainbow Trust shop in Upminster. Picture: Rainhbow Trust.


An Upminster resident has won her age category in a London 10k and raised £100 for children’s charity.

The British 10K, described as “the ultimate foot tour of London’s finest sights”, was held on July 15 and saw more than 11,000 runners take part.

Valerie Furbank finished the race in just over an hour and forty minutes, taking first place in the women’s 75-79 age group.

She was running to raise funds for the Rainbow Trust, a national charity that provides essential support to families with a seriously ill child.

The Surrey-based charity pairs people with a family support worker to help them at home, in hospital and in the community.

It relies almost entirely on donations and has helped more than 2,300 families last year.

Speaking after the event, Valerie said: “I hope to run more races in the future to raise funds for this wonderful charity that I have supported for many years.”

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