Hospice staff sign up for Leigh 10k

08 June 2017

THREE members of staff at the Hospice have signed up to run the first Leigh Community 10k.

Hospice staff sign up for Leigh 10k

Rose, Sarah and Paul

Dr Paul Selway, Rose Davis and Sarah Owens will all be taking part in the new race which takes place in Leigh town centre from 9.30am on Sunday, August 13th.

Rose, 57, manages Hospice in your Home, one of the teams that cares for people with life-limiting illnesses by providing support delivered by nurses and healthcare assistants in patients homes.

She said: "I do the Park Run in St Helens most weeks and I've done 10k runs before but I signed up to the Leigh Community 10k to support and raise awareness of the work done at the hospice.
"I started running about three and a half years ago and had never run before but now I feel so much fitter and healthier. I'm hoping to cross the finish line in under an hour."

Paul, 45, one of the physicians at the hospice, said: "I signed up as it's really good value for a 10k and to support the hospice of course as we are the partner charity. I started running in January 2016 and have averaged around two or three runs a week since. I did the Manchester 10k last year so this will be my second ever race. I really hope to get below 50 minutes."

Sarah Owens, 41, Palliative Care Education Lead for the hospice, ran the Wigan Half Marathon for the hospice in March when she raised a grand total of £635.
"After running the Half Marathon I wanted to run again and when I saw that the Leigh 10k proceeds were going towards the hospice I decided to sign up," she said. "I run once a week and I try to run at least 6 miles when I do. At the moment it's taking me just over an hour but I'm hoping on the day I'll be able to do it in under an hour if I keep on training."

A portion of the entry fees will go to the hospice as the official partner charity and it is hoped participants will also raise sponsor money for the hospice to boost the final total.

All funds raised for the hospice will go towards the Counting on Care appeal to help pay for the cost of modernising the hospice's Inpatient Unit and making it dementia-friendly.

The race is a flat course so will appeal to runners who want to get a fast time. There will be live music and entertainment on the day with further details to be announced soon.

Sign up for the Leigh Community 10K at www.leigh10k.co.uk


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