Hundreds of runners have helped generate much-needed funds to support some of Reading’s most vulnerable residents.
Around 300 runners took part in the annual Englefield 10K run raising more than £4,500 for the Rotary Club of Reading Abbey.
Now in its eighth year, the multi-terrain run takes in the woodland and off-road tracks within the Englefield Estate and is an established event in the race calendar.
The event also incorporates an under 15s 3.5K route and a family treasure hunt and this year it all took place under blue skies and sunshine.
The substantial amount raised at this summer’s run, held on Sunday, August 27, took the overall total raised to an impressive £25,000, which the rotary club pledges to local charitable causes.
This year, funds raised are going to the extremely worthy Churches in Reading Drop-in Centre which provides support to the city’s homeless population, as well as other disadvantaged residents. The centre provides a welcoming and friendly environment and offers a range of essential services including hot meals, bath and shower facilities, clean clothes and toiletries as well as social support, for free.
A fraction of all Rotary fundraising goes to the Rotary International Foundation which was integral in the virtual elimination of Polio worldwide.
This year’s winning male was Kristian Watson with a time of 35.09, and winning female, Amber Gascoigne, was not far behind with a time of 38.56. Both runners set new course records.