We have uploaded the results of the run onto the website, and we have uploaded photos to the website as well as our Facebook page. The photos really capture the atmosphere on the day. They were taken by Andy Davies, a professional photographer, and he has done a great job to make many of the runners look wonderful even at times when they were neither looking or feeling wonderful! Andy was generously hired by Andrew Bullock, a close friend of Pete's who set up the photography as his contribution to our event. Our heartfelt thanks go out to both of them.
There may be the odd glitch with the timings that have been published, if there is anything glaringly wrong with your time please reply and let us know and we will try to sort it out. Many thanks to Kier Finnegan who devised and ran the timing system which ran incredibly well and was one of many fantastic pieces of work by people to make sure that organisation costs were minimal and the donation amount from your entry fee will be as high as possible.
We were very pleased to see so many members of our Boathouse Runners group finishing the 10k. It was a real achievement for many who had only just taken up running in the last few months, we have only been going since April! There was a great sense of community with so many people cheering each other on. The familiar faces were also added to by the Saheli Women’s group, who had more than 10 entrants on the day and looked wonderful helping each other out and celebrating their success together at the end.
There was a medal for every runner at the finish line as well as the water. The logo was from an original design by Thom Hill, which was kindly inked and finalised by John McCrae, and the magnet medals were crafted with materials donated by Dudley College. The work to produce them was undertook by Kerry Williamson, Hatty Sutton and Emma Hayes. Our thanks go to all of these people who volunteered their time and skills to make them. We are concerned that some of you may not have been funnelled through to receive one. If you did not get a medal just email email@example.com to let us know and we will send one in the post.
The water given out at the end of the run was kindly donated by Aquarius, a local substance misuse charity.
We had T-Shirts printed by a local company in advance of the run this year, for the organisers and contributors to the run, mainly to wear while walking or running around the local area to spread the word. They looked quite good though, and many of us were sporting them on the day, especially as a gift bought by a family member for the members of Pete's family that took part in the run which held so much significance for them. If you would like to have your own to remember this year's event, there is a paypal button on the website to order them. They cost £15 including P&P within the UK; we are only charging the cost to order the printed T-shirt and send it to you. If you order one we will arrange to send it to you as soon as possible.
Please stay in touch with our webpage, our Facebook group or our Twitter feed to keep in the loop for news of the next event in 2015. We have been left so positive by the experience that even though we are all burnt out by the amount of things we had to do in the lead up, we are already applying to the Council for use of the park next year, so we will definitely be doing it again. Hopefully bigger and better from the experience of this year. We would not have been able to do this without the support of our families, as we have devoted a lot of our time to arrange the many aspects of the event, and the many people who gave up their own time to help us with the event on the day, and in the lead up to the event. We are especially grateful to Donna Stokes, regional events manager at the British Heart Foundation, who helped in many ways and was there on the day too.
In just online sponsorship so far, runners in this years event have raised £5,120.01. Added to that is over £500 from on the day entries and approximately £150 from the cakes being sold near the finish line. When the final amounts are tallied with the proceeds from the advance registrations we are likely to have raised well in excess of £6000 for the British Heart Foundation. That is a tremendous success and we're sure you should feel proud to be a part of that, as we certainly are.
It was a great day together, a great day for charity and a great day for Handsworth. Thank you so very much to everyone who was a part of it.
From the organisers of the Pete Hayes Handsworth 10k Fun Run 2014: