Hundreds of pyjama-clad runners, joggers and walkers from across Devon turned up at glorious Knightshayes near Tiverton on Sunday 17th September to take part in the Hospiscare Breakfast Run. The novelty event which featured a 5 or 10k route attracted runners from all age groups and abilities, with 482 people joining in to raise much-needed funds for local charity Hospiscare.
The participants enjoyed an off road course with some challenging inclines and were rewarded for their efforts at the end with a delicious breakfast from the Stables Kitchen.
Sarah Smith, Hospiscare Events and Community Fundraising Manager said: “The runners and walkers were amazing. They all threw themselves into the spirit of the event and turned up in their PJs. We were so lucky to have brilliant sunshine throughout and there was an amazing atmosphere, it really made for a fantastic morning.
“This is the second time we have held this event and we had more participants than last year, which is great! I wanted to say a massive thank you to all who took part and we’re looking forward to finding out how much has been raised for Hospiscare, so please collect up your sponsor money and send it into us as soon as you can.”
Sarah continued: “As always we couldn’t have put on an event like this without all the support the local community give us. So huge thanks to the 80 volunteers who gave up their time on the day to marshal the event, take photos and assist the participants. Thanks to Trowers & Hamlins for kindly sponsoring the event, the National Trust for allowing us to hold the event on their grounds, and John Capon from Otter Windows Limited, who provided all the sound equipment and music on the day. Mid Devon Leisure led a fun warm up session for all the participants, and provided fabulous goodie bags when everyone crossed the finish line.
“The money raised will go towards supporting Hospiscare’s local services including Pine Lodge Day Hospice in Tiverton, the team of Community Nurse Specialists supporting people in their own homes, and the ward at Searle House in Exeter.”
Hospiscare is a local adult hospice charity, providing free, high quality care and support to people with any type of terminal illness, and those close to them in Exeter, Mid and East Devon. A gift to Hospiscare in your Will helps to ensure the future of the charity in Devon for generations to come.