“The Godalming Run is the perfect running event with its technical parts, flat stretches and woodland trails, and it has the most amazing community spirit” according to 10k runner Dawn Elley. She joined hundreds of runners for the annual event on Sunday 13th May, which is in aid of Sport Godalming’s Go for Gold Champions Fund. Amongst the runners were Sport Godalming beneficiaries, Patrick Croghan, 19, who has received vital funding to assist with his training in the 29er Sailing Class and GB Triathlon athlete, Jamie Oakey, 26.
All proceeds raised through this exciting event will benefit other local aspiring Olympians like Patrick. Now in its 7th year the event continues to attract many youngsters, families and regular runners. Crowds lined the streets to cheer on 1k fun funners, and those who tackled a challenging 5k and tough 10k. Once again the run was generously sponsored by Trade Direct Insurance and Alton Sports.
Mayor of Godalming Councillor Nick Williams who started each of the races also praised the run and said: “This is a wonderful community event and it is so well organised. We had the perfect weather and it was brilliant to see so many people from Godalming and surrounding villages taking part. Well done to organisers Sport Godalming, Charterhouse Club, Waverley Harriers, and Godalming Town Council who I understand were supported by both Waverley Borough and Surrey County Councils.”
The fun runners took off from the Phillips Memorial Park at 10:00am, followed by the 10k at 10.30am and the 5k shortly after. Tom Gilligan, 12 was the first runner to complete the 1k ahead of his father and sister. Daniel McCrohan went on to win the men’s 5k in just 18:52 and Chris Peck came 1st in the men’s 10k race in 37.57. First in the women’s 5k was Meghan Bannister who ran it in 20:51 and Sarah Hill won the women’s 10k in 43:10.
Coming a close second in the men’s 10k event was Daniel Hull who pushed his daughter along in her buggy for the last 1.5 miles. After the race he said: “I came first in this run in 2016 and I wanted to take part this year as I love the event. I run with my two-year-old daughter Sophie-Rose every Sunday and I wanted her to be a part of my run today. I was delighted to come second with her.”
First in the women’s 5k was Meghan Bannister who said: “It felt great to be the first woman across the finish line. I have come 3rd in the 5k before so it was brilliant to come back and win this year. It is such a beautiful run and I really recommend it to beginners and experienced runners.”
Michael O’Sullivan, Vice Chairman of Sport Godalming, congratulated runners as they crossed the finish line and he commented: “There was such a great buzz throughout the town as hundreds of runners and their families joined us for our annual fundraising event. It was brilliant to see some many youngsters taking part this year and many with their families alongside them. There were people of all ages taking part and we received so much positive feedback form participants which makes it all worthwhile.
“The run provides the ideal opportunity for all local people to get active and have fun in aid of worthy cause. We are so grateful to everyone who made the event possible this year, our sponsors, event marshals, volunteers and organisation team. Next year we hope to build on our numbers and make it our biggest community run ever.”
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The 2019 Godalming Run will take place on Sunday 19th May.