Family 5K Run 2016
Congratulations to everyone who took part in the Family 5K on Sunday!
For the competitive or just because you would like to know here are the race times.
The sun shone for the second annual Sevenoaks Family 5k through Knole Park on Sunday 2nd October.
Organised by Sevenoaks Primary School in aid of their new build project, the event was hosted by Sevenoaks School and supported by local schools, community groups and businesses.
Cheered on by Sevenoaks Town Mayor, Andrew Eyre, there were 800 participants including families, sports groups, school children and local organisations, gathering at Dukes Meadow, Sevenoaks School where there was a pre-race warm up led by Better Body Shop.
Mayor Eyre started the race in Knole Park at exactly 2pm and the participants set off , all at their own pace around the 5km course. There was a mixture of experienced club runners, walkers, families and young children taking part by running, walking or strolling around the beautiful scenery of Knole Park. Marshalls from Sevenoaks School and Sevenoaks Primary encouraged all the runners and walkers, with water served at every 1k point and a variety of fun stickers for the primary children to collect. Tesco also provided refreshments at the half way point.
One of the Sevenoaks School students was the first runner to the finishing line in an quick time of approximately 20min, with the last walkers back after around an hour and forty minutes. On completion all entrants were given a medal, a goody bag and a certificate, with timings published on the Sevenoaks primary website.
Major sponsors of the event were Sevenoaks Medical Centre. There were also sponsorship and great support from several local businesses such as: A Plan Insurance, Berry and Lamberts, Ibbett Moseley, Sevenoaks Plans, Sevenoaks Computers, Better Body Shop, Up and Running, Fe Man consulting, Nizels, Berry and Lambert's, Sevenoaks Computers and Ibbett Mosely. Sainsbury's and Marks and Spencer's also provided water at the finish.
Also thanks to Lord Sackville West and Natural England for kind permission to use Knole Park and to the team at Sevenoaks School. Bat and Ball Sports for providing the inflatable finish line and Rawstone Hire for providing a free generator.
The idea for the Sevenoaks Family 5k initially came from Sevenoaks Primary school parent, Ginny Al-Rais, and she has worked tirelessly to organise the day. She said:
"It is fantastic that the Sevenoaks Family 5K was again such a success. The weather was kind and it was great to see so many community organisations and local schools come together to have fun and raise money for our local charities. Thanks to everyone who was involved, especially the Sevenoaks Town Major, Andrew Eyre, the team from Better Body Shop and all the helpers from Sevenoaks school and to my colleagues Melanie Mcinerney, Pui Jellett and Arina Jones"
Initial calculations suggest that well in excess of £10K was raised for local charities, with the entrance fees and some individual fundraising going to the Sevenoaks Primary New Build project. Some of the other local charities supported by the participants included: West Kent Mind, Bradbourne Park Pre-school, Hospice in the Weald, Sevenoaks Scouts and Pembury cancer research group.
Sevenoaks Primary headteacher, Alan Duffy, said:
"The Family 5K has become a great Sevenoaks community event. I am delighted that lots of our local schools, sporting organisations and businesses all come together to have a fun afternoon and raise a significant amount of money for different local charities. A huge thanks to everyone who has helped to make it such a success"
For more photos from this event, please see SPSA Events 2016-17 in the Gallery on our website.