The Andover foodbank Lake Run took place on Sunday 16 September 2018. The event was opened by Katie Piper, TV presenter, author and philanthropist, who also ran the 10k and achieved a time of 1:02:54 in spite of her rigorous training schedule for Strictly Come Dancing. Katie ran the 10k with her husband Richard Sutton.
Katie gave an inspiring speech and was keen to talk to runners and spectators. Katie said: ‘It was fantastic to take part in The Andover Lake run in aid of the Andover Foodbank this weekend. It’s always lovely to return to my hometown of Andover, and this was made even more special by supporting such a worthwhile cause. A huge well done to everyone else that took part, and I hope the Foodbank continues to do such great work in Andover. Thank you also to the many people who wished me good luck for Strictly this Saturday – I hope to make Andover proud on the dance floor!’
Over 400 runners took place in the 5k and 10k runs and there was also a 2k fun run in collaboration with Andover junior parkrun.
The first male runner home in the 5k was Ross Wayne with a time of 19:38 and the first female was Ellanna Woodthorpe with 24:48.
In the 10k Adam Cracknell finished in 35:56 and Jenni Ball in 39:44. Jenni was the first female back and first in the veteran category. Emma Gorwood was the first female in the under 35 category with 43:43. Ellana’s grandmother Jenny Morrison was first in the female super veterans 10k and husband and wife Kiersty Rose and Mike Rose both came in the top three in the 10k in their categories! Simply Health were the winners of the Fittest Company Cup.
Local companies including Vitacress, Simply Health, Alton Sports, Hampshire IT Solutions and Alton Sports sponsored the event. Pearce Signs donated signage and Asda donated the cereal bars and water. Sarah Jones from Fitness and Recovery provided pre and post run sports massage.
All funds raised will go to the Andover foodbank. The Lake Run needs more people to help with the organisation of the event next year. If you can help please contact the foodbank at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01264 362111.