Wednesday nights’ third running of the Hilly Helmet proved to be another success with 185 runners taking on less than summery conditions.
The event sold out a week before but as is usual on event day the phone and internet didn’t stop bringing requests for even more places to be added so people could join the fun. Runners queued to sign up on the night too which was fortunately aided by people unable to make it handing back their places in a generous gesture so the charity could further benefit from the event as well. In all there were over 200 sign ups this year, our biggest ever.
Warminsters’ John Reed put in an impressive performance to complete the course in 27:37 and lead the runners home in slippery conditions with former winner and runner up in previous years Joby Hobbs trailing by just 19 seconds. 2018 winner Neil Golding who had recently come back from a long term injury still holds the course record in 27 minutes flat.
First lady was Jen Marlow, completing the course in a time of 33:58. 2018 ladies winner Vicky Cooper still holds the ladies course record with a time of 33:42.
The prize for Best Helmet went to three time Hilly Helmet runner Jenna Lovelock for a stunning papier mache creation featuring the logo of the charity Brain Tumour Support as well as an intricate 3D brain design, completed with flashing lights as if it didn’t stand out enough already. Jenna was clearly delighted having come close last year with her unicorn creation.
The total raised from the event this year has surpassed our wildest hopes and we can’t thank everybody enough for their generosity through giving time, donations of money and prizes and of course our event partners who foot the bill to make it all happen and ensure our charity Brain Tumour Support get every penny you give us. We have calculated an approximate figure without including the prizes donated to our race bib raffle or funds donated to buy equipment and pay race expenses.
This includes a box of goodies we raffled off in a separate ticketed raffle, race entry fees, donations to the charity collection boxes and sales of charity items on the night, donations to the Robin-Mark Runs just giving page, a cheque from Waitrose at Warminster for £450 and at least three of our helmeteers who set up sponsorship to add to our total, raising around £600 between them too.
Adding all this up gives us a total of at least £4000, a staggering amount and as the representative from Brain Tumour Support stated, an amount that will fund a support group for half a year. I am very proud of you all, you’ve really made a massive difference thank you so much and we hope to bring you another memorable, fun event next year.
UPDATE – After a recalculation it turns out that the amount will actually find the support group for a period of 9 months rather than the previous estimate which was based on a lower total previously calculated, so even better news.