On Sunday the 13th of May, in glorious Sunshine, 5 plucky members of Team Rawcliffe under took the Beaverbrooks Blackpool 10 k Fun Run. Now in its 37th year the Fun Run is open to anyone over the age of 11 and all registered runners were issued with a chip timing system to record accurate race results.The route began at the Savoy Hotel, continued along the prom as far as The Pleasure Beach and then looped back to the Savoy Hotel where all of our runners successfully crossed the finish line.

The Rawcliffe Runners have managed to raise just under £500 for Doherty’s Destiny- a local Charity that raises awareness of Mental Health Issues in young people and offers support to the parents of young people who have taken their own lives.

KIRSTEN SHEARER:  “When it was mentioned that a team of us should do the Blackpool 10k, it seemed fitting that we should raise money for Doherty’s Destiny, a very worthy cause close to our hearts. I have little running experience, and had only ever run on a treadmill at the gym previously, so it was a little daunting but a challenge nonetheless. The day itself was fantastic, lovely sunshine and a great atmosphere with supportive friends and family watching on – my aim had been to complete the race in under an hour but I was thrilled to do it in 52:49 despite a dodgy left knee. Dare I say it, I might even do it again next year…”

ADAM MATTISON: “I signed up because I love running, and I love a challenge! (and who wouldn’t want a leisurely jog along the prom, soaking in those Blackpool rays). Not least of all, Doherty’s Destiny is a fantastic charity, which has worked tirelessly over the last year to achieve its goal of promoting mental health awareness among young people. I found it great fun – with a turnout of so many runners and supporters, the hard work was offset by the crowds cheering us on and I would definitely do it again!”

MICHAEL MOULDING: “A fun physical challenge with friends from work whilst raising money for charity…why wouldn’t I do that?! The first 5k was smooth but pins and needles in my feet meant I walked much of the second half which was a shame but seeing as I’ve not actively exercised for 5 years I’m happy enough with my time of 1h 5m, it’s a bit better than I expected but worse than I’d hoped. Looking forward to getting fit again and hitting sub 50 mins next year!”

The Official Rawcliffe Runner Race Times!

Adam Mattison:        00:48:12
Ian Harrison:            00:50:12
Kirsten Shearer:      00:52:49
Fern Wild:                01:05:16
Michael Moulding:    01:05:48


If you would like to make a donation to Doherty’s Destiny you can do so online, just follow this link to their Just Giving Page…