THE organiser of a popular new running event in Whitchurch has admitted her delight at being able to donate money to good causes around the town.

Hayley Alldridge, who works at the Marches Academy Trust, which has Whitchurch’s Sir John Talbot’s School as part of its portfolio, is the director of the town’s 10k race.

This week, she was able to present thousands of pounds to three groups – Macmillan Cancer Support, Blackberry Fair and Whitchurch Whippets – and admitted that as someone who holds the town close to her heart, it was an honour to present the money. We donated a little bit to the Blackberry Fair this year because we want it to be the start of working with them,” she said.

“We’ve been able to support groups from around the town. We also raised more this year because we had more runners register, so that’s a great help to us.

“I’m a Whitchurch girl and I am really proud of what we’re doing. I’m really proud of the 10k race that we have put on through all of our hard work.

“I always wanted to be able to give back and that’s what we’re doing with the likes of Whitchurch Whippets and the Blackberry Fair.

“They are free clubs or events that are for the people of the town and we want to support them.

“I do think it’s important to help keep these events free.”

The 2020 Whitchurch 10K race has been booked for Sunday, April 5.

More information can be found on the Sir John Talbot’s School website

The race donated £2,500 to Macmillan, while giving the Whippets and Blackberry Fair £1,000 each.