65 runners braved the wet weather to take to the Surrey streets on the 12th of March for local charity, Harrison’s Fund.
The runners all had one mission in mind – to raise money for the charity which is named after the ten year old Harrison Smith from Surrey who was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a rare genetic condition which affects all the muscles in the body, causing them to waste away. Harrison’s Fund’s goal is to get as much money as possible into the hands of the world’s best researchers, who are working to find a cure for Duchenne. The charity is currently funding 12 research projects in the US and the UK.
The charity had 45 runners taking part in the Surrey Half Marathon, 18 in the 5K and two in the children’s race, who together raised a total of £8,509.
Heather Smith fundraiser at Harrison’s Fund said: “We had a great response to people wanting to run for us this year, more than double than last year, which is brilliant as the more runners we have the more money we can raise for research.
“The rain was a challenge on the day but the runners were really positive about it and spectators were determined to give everyone their full support. Harrison and his brother William really enjoyed meeting our team and gave them lots of cheers. Everyone said they’d felt really well looked after and enjoyed being part of the team fundraising for a small charity and making a difference so we couldn’t ask for more than that.”
The team’s fastest runner was Mike Taylor, who came 141 out of the men with a time of 1:26:26.2. The youngest runner in their team was just six years old.
Now in its fourth year, the Surrey Half Marathon is the biggest half marathon in Surrey, with thousands taking part, and one of the largest kids races in the UK for those aged 6 and over.