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Club runners united in fundraising effort for St Leonard’s Hospice
Some of the members of Pocklington Runners who will be taking part in the first Yorkshire Marathon next month
ST LEONARD’S Hospice will be leading the cheers when more than 30 Pocklington runners take to the streets for the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon.
Pocklington Runners decided to concentrate all their fundraising on one event this year, and chose St Leonard’s to support as one of their members was already running in aid of the hospice.
The group has produced a special running vest to be worn on the day and raised about £2,000 of corporate sponsorship.
With so many members taking part, the club has adapted its regular training regime.
Member Mike Pullon said: “We are all working at different rates, but on Wednesday nights we have two groups going out at different paces.
“Training together makes a difference – when I go out on a long run with other people the three hours fly by but on my own it seems to take forever.”
As well as corporate sponsorship, club members have held events to raise funds and are well on their way to doubling the £1,500 target set by St Leonard’s.
Chairman Alan Kendra said: “Everyone in the club has dug deep in terms of dedication to training and financially so that as much as possible is raised for St Leonard’s.
“I’m very proud of the big effort everyone is making. It should be a great day with a lot of local support and all our club members are really looking forward to what will be a memorable event.”
Sarah Atkinson, community fundraiser at St Leonard’s Hospice, said: “Please cheer on the Pocklington Runners in their sunflower vests as they run the Marathon in aid of St Leonard’s – or, better still, sponsor them! “Everything they raise will go towards our work of caring for local people and their families.
“Thank you to everyone who runs for us and who supports them – we are very grateful.” To support the Pocklington Runners online, go to www.justgiving.com/PocklingtonRunners
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