South Downs Water keeps runners hydrated at the 2016 Chichester Half Marathon!

Eloise and all the team at Children on the Edge

Eloise and all the team at Children on the Edge

A fantastic £31,870 raised in aid of Children on the Edge. 

Eloise Armstrong from Children on the Edge writes, "We have had an amazing event with record numbers of runners, and we are so grateful for all your investment into the race and also into the work of Children on the Edge.

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It’s been our largest ever race, with more than 1,000 runners registered and the new Ten Mile Race and the Team Relay have both proved really popular, with more than 100 runners running these events. We feel sure that we are continuing to attract lots of new interest and a broader reach of participants, many of whom are tackling a half marathon for the first time, and we saw runners travelling in from as far afield as London, Southampton, Lancashire and Cornwall. It was a beautiful sunny day and some highlights included:

  • Local sporting hero Amanda Newton and Sally Taylor from South Today opening the race
  • Seeing James Baker again coming home first - winning the men’s title for the 5th year running
  • New teams and colleagues joining forces in the relay competition

Another first for Children on the Edge was our ‘Run for Refugees’ team who specifically chose to fundraising for Children on the Edge projects supporting refugee children in Lebanon, Bangladesh and Burma. This inaugural team of 16 runners raised more than £4,325 - which again was a fantastic boost for the event.

As you know Children on the Edge and ‘Everyone Active’ lead the organisation and management of the event, and we are really grateful that all the proceeds from the race are donated to Children on the Edge, making the day one of our biggest, loudest and most fun days of fundraising in our year.

This year the event raised £31, 870 for Children on the Edge, an incredible amount which will be helping bring hope, life, colour and fun to some of the most vulnerable children across the globe.

There is great coverage in the Chichester Observer today - they didnt print all our sponsors unfortunately but it was a brilliant spread of photos and stories from the day. You can also see more at our Chichester Half Marathon Facebook page or on Twitter @Chichesterhalf. If it might be helpful to share new about the event across your team we have a blog post here.

Thank you again for continuing to help support and sponsor the event, we are really grateful and it’s because of South Downs Water and all our wonderful sponsors that we keep on being able to grow this fantastic event for Chichester."