Wilson 10 complete fourth running challenge

PUBLISHED: 08:00 14 December 2018

The Wilson 10 and supporters at Richmond Park

The Wilson 10 and supporters at Richmond Park


Family and friends of the late Tom Wilson gathered on the third anniversary of his death to raise money for charity at the Richmond Park 10k on Sunday, writes Lee Power.

Former Coopers pupil Wilson died after a tragic training ground accident at Old Loughtonians in December 2015, aged just 22.

But he had signed up for the organ donor registry while studying at Nottingham Trent University and has helped several people as a result, with The Tom Wilson Memorial Fund set up as a registered charity (1171856).

Sister Pippa and friends from Havering Hockey Club joined forces earlier this year to form the ‘Wilson 10’ – a group of 10 runners taking on 10 different challenges over a 10-month period with the target of trying to raise £10,000 for the fund.

And having launched their bid with a 5k Havering Memorial fun run at the Wilson Memorial Day at Campion School in September, on the first day of the new hockey season, they ran the Greenwich Park 10k and Bushy Park 10k in October and November.

The weekend trip to the Richmond Park 10k was the next step in the sequence and the 10 were joined on the day by two of Wilson’s friends from university, with the group already just over halfway towards their fundraising target, with six races still to go.

After competing at the Olympic Park 10k on January 27 and Hyde Park 10k on February 17, the Wilson 10 will up the ante to tackle the Brentwood Half Marathon in March.

And the Regents Park 10k in April will be followed by the Liverpool Marathon in May, before the final event in June.

Lisa Wilson said: “When Paul Johnson came up with the idea of the Wilson 10 in memory of Tom and his dad Graham, we thought it’d never happen, but he easily achieved support.

“December 9 was a very tough day emotionally as the third anniversary of Tom’s death but Pippa and I were deeply moved and full of gratitude for the Wilson 10 runners and supporters who made the journey to Richmond Park, helping us to remember two great guys, who always thought of others before themselves.

“We wish the runners luck in their training now for the half marathon and marathon in 2019.”

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