Runners help the hospice

Jane Wistow of Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers with Greg Hildreth, from Hartlepool & District Hospice
Jane Wistow of Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers with Greg Hildreth, from Hartlepool & District Hospice

A RECORD-BREAKING turn-out for a popular multi-terrain race helped to boost a town charity by more than £400.

Runners from the North-East and further afield made the trip to Hart Village for Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers’ Old Monks Race at the start of the year.

The successful event saw 237 athletes, a record number for the race, take on the challenging five and a half mile multi-terrain course which starts and finishes at Hart Village Community Centre.

Before, during and after the run the Harriers were serving refreshments in the community centre and asked runners and supporters for donations to the hospice.

And the generous athletes and spectators dug deep into their pockets and helped to raise £205 on the day - which was then match funded by Barclays Bank taking the total to £410.

Grateful staff at Hartlepool & District Hospice received the donation when the club’s chair, Jane Wistow visited the Wells Avenue charity.

Greg Hildreth, the hospice’s fundraiser, said the running club is a very-much appreciated backer.

He told the Mail: “Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers are great supporters of the hospice and I would like to thank everyone involved for their efforts with the fundraising.

“I would also like to extend my congratulations to the club on such a successful event. As ever, all of the money raised from the Old Monks Race will be used to fund our specialist care services which we provide free of charge to the people of Hartlepool and East Durham.

“A special thank you also goes out to Jo Beddow and Barclays for arranging the match funding for this event.”