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Moor Park 10k: the end of an era

This year marked John Hambleton's last year as Race DirectorThis year marked the end of an era for our flagship fundraising event, the Moor Park 10k & Junior Fun Runs. After sixteen years at the helm, our Race Director, John Hambleton, took his final bow.

Deciding to organise a 10k race in 2002 was a leap of faith for the LJMC with most members of staff confessing complete ignorance of matters athletic. Fortunately, we had an experienced Race Director, John Hambleton, to guide us through and create an event of which we are all immensely proud.

In 2002 we were excited at the prospect of 350 participants. As word spread about the event, so the numbers grew and this year we welcomed 650 adults and 1,250 children to Merchant Taylors' School.

The whole event has gained a fabulous reputation for being well organised with a great family atmosphere. With a fun fair and bouncy castles as well as other activities and sideshows, it's become more than just another road race.

John Hambleton's experience, not to mention his unflappability and perennially calm manner have been key. As the event has grown, so he's adapted and changed plans to accommodate the new features and thus enhanced the success each year. Thank you, John.

The event has also gained a great reputation for being held on a fine day. Unfortunately, as race day approached this year, it became clear that John's 100% track record for good weather was going to be tarnished. After fifteen years of sunshine, we dusted off our wet weather contingency plans and headed off to the site.

Fortunately, things weren't as bad as we feared. Although most of us started the day wearing wellington boots, fine drizzle gave way to a warm and dry, if a little grey, day.

The junior races have become more competitive each year with the team trophies being hotly contested by local schools. The most sought-after trophy of all is the 2012 Shield which is awarded to the school that enters the most pupils. This was a fight to the finish with St John's School in Northwood running off with the prize.

New course records were set in the 10kNew course records were set by the winners of the 10k race. Paul Molyneux set a blistering pace from the gun and finished in 32:46 minutes; Claire Hallissey romped home in 38:57 minutes taking more than a minute off the ladies' record.

Thanks to the growth of the event and, of course, the wonderful runners who seek sponsorship for their participation, we have raised more than £50,000 already this year – a record total. This brings the total raised by the event since 2002 to well over £630,000.

It has been heart-warming to read the stories that runners have posted on their fundraising pages with some people running in memory of friends and family and others wanting to say 'thank you' for the work we do at the LJMC. Thank you to everyone who has taken the trouble to raise a little bit extra this year.

Going forward, we are now looking for a new Race Director and have drawn up a shortlist. We know we won't find another person quite like John but we are confident that there is someone equally passionate about this event who will be proud to fill his trainers.

2017 was also the last year of our sponsorship arrangement with London solicitors, Stewarts. We have received magnificent and generous support from the company for eight years and it has been a joy to work with them as we all pulled towards our united goal of making the Moor Park 10k the very best it could be.

We are indebted to everyone at Stewarts, especially Clive Zietman, for their support.

We are now exploring new sponsorship opportunities and welcome enquiries from The 10k race has gone from strength to strength each yearanyone who is interested in supporting this successful event.

Sponsorship packages range from the trophies for the race winners to support for individual aspects of the day and major corporate support.

Please call Fiona Hussey (020 3826 2550) if you would like to explore possibilities.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this year's phenomenally successful event. We are indebted to you for your support. See you next year!

 

 

 

 

Last updated: November 9, 2017

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his article first appeared in the Autumn 2017 issue of the LJMC newsletter, Open Door.