"A race organised for participant enjoyment and to raise funds for local community groups and charities”
Janet Roberts, Race Director
In 1988 Mr. David Rowlands, treasurer of St. Wddyn's Church at Llanwddyn, near Lake Vyrnwy, made a centenary appeal to raise money towards church roof and other repairs. He placed an ad in a local newspaper that was read by Mr. Doug Morris of near by athletics club Oswestry Olympians who subsequently contacted David offering to organise a half marathon on behalf of the appeal. The rest, as they say is history, the event having gone from strength to strength over almost three decades.
This year's race was held on the wet and windy Sunday afternoon of September 10th and saw 1387 runners set out on the race having gathered from near and far to test themselves over the 13.1 mile course around the scenic Lake Vyrnwy.
Amongst the starters of this years’ race were an intrepid band of Technocover employees and committed friends. For a number of the Team this would be their first ever run of this distance – no mean feet at any time but with the rain, wind and lots and lots of puddles to negotiate this challenge was set to test.
The Technocover Team (Left to Right)
Natasha Rutter, Helen Morris, Karolina Pilinska, Steve Barnfield and Josh Evans
So what was the Teams motivation … To raise money for Hope House Children's Hospices, a charity that cares for children with serious health conditions across Shropshire, Cheshire, North and Mid Wales. Hope House provide an incredible free service to both the children and their families, providing specialist nursing, palliative care and a huge range of activities from their two hospices. They also provide emotional and practical support for siblings and parents. On top of that they offer bereavement counselling to any family who have lost a child, as well as to children who've lost someone close to them. It really is an amazing charity, doing incredible work so raising as much money as possible to keep supporting them offered a huge incentive. For further information on Hope House visit www.hopehouse.org.uk
Hope House is a charity that has long been supported by Technocover and the company were pleased to donate £100 for each Team member greatly contributing to the total raised, a total which to date stands in excess of £1,800 much of which is also eligible for Gift Aid.
Anyone wishing to support the cause can still do so at www.justgiving.com/caughttherunningbug