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Press release: Island runners raise over £17,000 for Jersey Hospice Care

At the awards ceremony for the 2020 Virtual Hospice Half Marathon last night, this year’s runners were praised for their time and energy raising vital funds for Jersey Hospice Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

This inaugural race, sponsored by Tamariki Club, was scheduled for 29th March 2020 and was the first ever “Hospice to Hospice” half marathon. Just prior to lockdown over 300 people had registered to take part and run the route which started at the Hospice Fundraising Shop in St Ouen and finished, 13.1miles later, at Hospice on Mont Cochon.

The event was cancelled as a result of government restrictions, and while many runners took up the offer to defer their entry to 2021, everyone was also offered the opportunity of competing this year in the virtual event any time between March and August 2020. With lockdown initially preventing many from running substantial distances, in total 30 people took on this challenge and ran for Hospice as the restrictions eased.

Race Director, Loraine Fulton, who is also the Volunteers’ Manager at Hospice said: “I had signed up to do the Virgin London Marathon and thought that many other runners would value this chance to take part in a half marathon as part of their training. I was devastated when it looked like the event would have to be cancelled and really inspired by the pleas from other runners to convert it to a virtual race. Seeing the pictures of people completing the race over the last few months has really inspired me to keep running and to make sure that next year’s event is even bigger and better”.

On Tuesday evening, Council Member and Chair of Fundraising, Steven Hunt, presented trophies and medals to the winner of each category. Steve expressed his gratitude to each runner for their perseverance and outstanding results saying: “these have been tough months for Hospice but thanks to your commitment, time, and energy you have not only achieved fantastic results but raised much needed funds to help us to continue to support everyone who needs our specialist care”.

Each winner received a stunning commemorative plaque hand carved by one of Hospice’s volunteers, James Silvester. The winners in each category were:

• Senior Male – Stuart Frazier (time 1:20)
• Senior Female – Chantelle Cootes (time 1:28)
• Veteran Male – Paul Duxbury (time 1:21)
• Veteran Female – Lara James (time 1:40)
• Master Male – Jon Cootes (time 1:26)
• Master Female – Pauline Alderman (time 2:15)
• Relay – Sue le Ruez & David Carter (time 1:46)

The event has raised over £17,000 for Hospice with runners securing sponsorship from supportive friends and family members. During a time when income from fundraising events is almost non-existent, this fantastic support comes as a tremendous boost the charity and will help Hospice to continue to support all those who need specialist palliative care.

The Hospice to Hospice Half Marathon has been rescheduled from 21st March 2021 and will start at 8am from the Hospice Fundraising Shop in St Ouen and go out west towards Les lands race course along the top of the coast before turning back through St Ouen, passing by the Fundraising Shop at the half way point before continuing through St Mary, St John and down Mont Cochon to finish in the gardens at Jersey Hospice Care. Already 300 people have signed up and the race team hope that the event will attract even more participants and raise over £20,000. Entries are open on the JHC website at https://www.jerseyhospicecare.com/event/hospice-2-hospice-half-marathon/ and further information is available from the Race Organiser Loraine Fulton on 786159 or email lorainefulton@jerseyhospicecare.com