Awsworth 5k run looks to raise £3,000

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More than 600 people turned out for Awsworth Primary and Nursery School’s annual charity 5k fun run.

It is hoped that the event - organised by teachers Ian Baxter and Headteacher Jane Mainprize - will raise in excess of £3,000, a record amount, for the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance Service.

Mr Baxter said: “The turnout this year has been amazing and people of all ages, with families and individuals have contributed to what is likely to be a record breaking fund-raiser.

“We are hoping to top the £3,000 mark this time and I am both thrilled and delighted by the turnout and the generosity of those taking part.”

Four generations of the Slaney family, including Keith and Jill and their Great Grandchildren Ryan and Cameron described the fun run as ‘one big community challenge supporting a great cause’.

Ian Dean and his son Jude, six ,entered into the spirit of the occasion, by dressing up as cowboys. They galloped around the course on a blow up horse.

Taking pride of place by winning the 5K race was Elite runner Richard O’Sullivan who took the honours ahead of Brett Wilkes, who was also second last year, with Ian Hunter taking third place.

The Air Ambulance Service’s charity fundraiser, Karen Carter, said she was impressed and amazed by the show of support for the cause.

She said: “We have two pilots and five paramedics in our team and the cost of running the service is £2 million each year to keep it operational.”

“Three or four patients a day are saved by the service and 50 per cent of the call-outs are from road traffic accidents.”

Awsworth Primary’s 5K Fun Run was first initiated in 2012 when £2,700 was raised for MENCAP, subsequent fun runs have benefitted Muscular Dystrophy (£2,000) and Clik Sargent which received £2,500.