Half Marathon raises £1,500 for local hospice

Derek Marsh, co-organiser of the Retford Half Marathon, presenting a cheque for �1,500 to Emma Vizor from Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice on behalf of Retford Athletic & Running Club.
Derek Marsh, co-organiser of the Retford Half Marathon, presenting a cheque for �1,500 to Emma Vizor from Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice on behalf of Retford Athletic & Running Club.

This year’s Retford Half Marathon raised a grand total of £1,500 for their adopted charity Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

The cash was presented to the charity’s Emma Vizor by race co-organiser Derek Marsh, of Retford Athletic and Running Club.

The race attracted well over 1,000 runners this year, for the half marathon and family fun run.

The event, which this year used Retford Oaks Academy as the base for the half marathon start and finish, attracted local runners, as well as many from other parts of the country, and even one woman from California who finished as third lady in the Half Marathon.

The large turnout was good news for Bluebell Wood Children’s hospice who received a donation from each half marathon and fun run entry, and had many runners raising sponsorship, including a 30 strong team from Greencore in Worksop who raised almost £2,000.

Race director, David Corbett, said it all went to plan.

“Everything ran like clock-work thanks to our team of approximately 100 volunteers, including students from Retford schools, volunteers from Bluebell Wood, and members and friends of Retford AC.”