Virtual race raises vital funds for Mental Health Charity

Thank you to the runners who took part in our  virtual  race?
The Committee and Club Members have been amazed at how many people got involved in our race and our plan to raise awareness and funds for the mental health charity Penumbra. As we said in our ‘Race Description’ we wanted you to take time out to run with others or alone and to reward yourselves with a coffee and cake – we would normally have provided you with a great route, support and plenty of coffee and cake but you guys all had to motivate yourselves to do this and you nailed it!!
? Quick numbers – £960 raised in entry fees and £155 raised on Just Giving page so a total of £1115 so far going straight to the charity.
? Evidence – The ‘evidence’ is still coming in but I think nearly all of the 160 entrants ran their virtual 10k between our dates. Some ran further than 10k, some ran it more than once because they enjoyed it so much! I have replied to every email and posted photos if you sent one and a bit of information on our facebook page so please have a look. It has been so great to see you all and where you ran ? I
? Medals – I have ordered 135 of our unique medals from The Workshop at Aberfeldy and they arrived and are now ready to be delivered.

A reminder that our medals were sponsored by local business Carnethy Woodfuel. The proprietor Mark is a club member who was more than happy to come on board and support what his club were doing. They supply and deliver Hardwood logs, kiln dried logs, wood pellets and briquetttes to Edinburgh, Midlothian and Borders.

? Results : Did I really promise a results list for our lovely non-competitive virtual race? I will try and work out something, it won’t be a full results list but I will pick out a few notable runs, maybe even manage a top 3 but every run was so different and varied; some being in the hills, loops of football pitches, walks, dog walks, out and backs, trail and a group who walked and did a litter-pick at the same time. All different and all suited to the individual who took on the challenge to run 10k.

? Just Giving – I set up a just giving page because I was asked by a few people how they could donate to the charity in Harriers name to further support what we are doing or couldn’t take part but wanted to donate. This page will stay open until the 31st of May

Invite – Penicuik Harriers would like to invite you all to take part in our actual race next year! We promise you a beautiful route with a wee hill on the way out and stunning views of ‘our’ Pentland Hills on the way back, great support the whole way and most of all we promise you coffee and cakes baked by our club members. We can’t wait to meet you all!!! Here is a date for your diary – Saturday 14th May 2022
Thanks for supporting our club and our efforts to support mental health and the awareness of it.

Susie and all at Penicuik Harriers
Susie's Penicuik Virtual 10k page
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