Hospice 10k still on track

Action from the 2012 Cannon Hall run in aid of Barnsley Hospice. CREDIT: DOLLY PHOTOGRAPHY
Action from the 2012 Cannon Hall run in aid of Barnsley Hospice. CREDIT: DOLLY PHOTOGRAPHY
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Barnsley Hospice has taken over the running of a 10k race after the company responsible for organising it went in to liquidation.

The hospice faced losing an estimated £6,000 if the Cannon Hall Run had been cancelled and has been working with Barnsley Council to ensure it can still go ahead.

The event was organised by Sportsworks Logistic Ltd but this week its directors confirmed they had gone in to liquidation.

Nici O’Dowd, finance director at the hospice, said: “At first we thought that the race would have to be cancelled.

“Barnsley Hospice did not want runners to feel let down or for the race not to go ahead and have therefore taken over all responsibility from Sportsworks for the organisation of the event.

“We would like to reassure all runners of our commitment to the Cannon Hall Run and are looking at all aspects of the race, including the route, to ensure it meets the high standards expected by participants.”

A total of 260 runners have already signed up to take part in the 10K on September 8, with 55 running to raise funds for the hospice.

Judy D’All, a hospice volunteer who is taking part said: “It’s important for me to support the hospice in different ways.

“I do a few charity runs so the Cannon Hall Run was one I couldn’t miss out on.

“Barnsley Hospice provides patients with a number of things aside from the great care – it gives patients, family and friends respect and dignity.”

Entry is £10 and the run starts at 10am.

Thosetaking part to raise funds for the hospice will receive a running vest and get a Hospice Hero medal when they cross the finish line.

The hospice is hoping runners will make a donation to help it recoup the costs of running the event.

To register by September 3 log on to www.cannonhallrun2013.eventbrite.co.uk