Biggest ever field predicted for Hospice in the Weald 10k

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A RECORD 800 runners are expected to join Hospice of the Weald’s annual 10k run around the roads of Tunbridge Wells.

The popular event will be held on Sunday, September 23, starting and finishing at the Lower Cricket Ground on the Common.

‘The response has been terrific and we are confident we’ll be getting the biggest entry ever,’ said hospice Fundraising Manager Kelly Heaton-Ralph.

‘Based on the amount raised in previous runs, we’ll be bringing in up to £80,000 for the hospice, a wonderful prospect which shows just what the charity means to people in our community.’

Many of the runners will be taking part in memory of a loved one. Carla Ferdinando said: ‘After my father passed away in December last year, I decided to do the 10K as a thank you for all the care the Hospice in the Home team had given him and the support the hospice has given me. I am so grateful for everything the hospice has done.’

Others will be taking part to test themselves against what they see as one of the best 10k routes in Kent.

Mike King said: ‘The race is one of the highlights of the year for me. I’m a local resident and it is really quite special to race around your local streets while people shout out your name.

‘The course is picturesque, and don’t let the hills put you off, they break up the run and there is a lot of downhill as well.’

All runners will receive a medal and a hospice T-shirt – and if participants pledge to raise £100 they will also have their name printed on the shirt.

Kelly added: ‘There’s plenty of time for more runners to join in. As well as the fun of taking part, there’s the satisfaction of knowing you’re helping to raise the £7million the hospice needs each year to carry out its vital work.’

Hospice in the Weald provides care for patients with terminal illnesses, their families and carers in West Kent and northern East Sussex free of charge.

To book a place, or for more details, call Kelly on 01892 820533 or email: or visit

PICTURE: STREETS AHEAD: The runners enjoy the route through town lined with cheering crowds

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