Record-breaking year for Corby’s Brass Monkey 10K in support of Lakelands Hospice

The Brass Monkeys run at Rockingham Speedway for Corby's Lakelands Hospice
The Brass Monkeys run at Rockingham Speedway for Corby's Lakelands Hospice

Runners of all ages helped make this year’s Brass Monkey 10K a record-breaking year.

Lakelands Hospice in Corby held its annual Brass Monkey 10k and fun run at Rockingham Speedway on Sunday (January 31).

The Brass Monkeys medal

The Brass Monkeys medal

In comparison to previous years, the weather was very kind which helped many of the runners to record some of their best times over the distance.

There was a record turnout of 520 runners to complete four laps of the oval before finishing underneath the grandstand for a well-earned drink, goody bag, bespoke brass monkey medal and the obligatory banana.

More than £7,715 has already been raised by the event, although this could increase further with some sponsor money still to come in.

And the amount raised so far is already a record for the event, which started six years ago with 80 joggers turning up, and the final figure will be announced on the hospice’s website later in the week.

The event was a great success with something for everyone

Paul Marlow

Fundraising manager and race organiser Paul Marlow said: “The event was a great success with something for everyone, a fast flat course for the serious runners and a friendly lively atmosphere for the fun runners and children.

“I’d like to say a huge thank you to all the volunteers who turned out to help make the event run smoothly.

“This year’s event broke all records for number of runners with over 520 taking part.

“The support and atmosphere as every runner finished was tremendous.

“I would also like to say a special thank you to the event sponsor Taylor Wimpey who provided the bespoke medals for the event.”

All proceeds raised from the run will go directly to providing specialist palliative care to patients living with cancer, heart failure and other life-limiting illnesses at Lakelands Hospice in Butland Road.

The Brass Monkey 10k will also help to raise funds for the Lakelands Hospice at Home care service for its patients.

For more information about the work of Lakelands Hospice, go to www.lakelandshospice.org.uk.