This year’s Godalming Run attracted 986 runners – making it the most popular run in the event’s history.
The event, which raises funds for Sport Godalming’s ‘Go for Gold Champions Fund’, is now in its sixth year. Held on May 14th, it offered a 1k Fun Run, challenging 5k and tough 10k. Proceeds are being counted and it is estimated that well over £3,000 has been raised for the local charity.
Sport Godalming’s ‘Go for Gold Champions Fund’ benefits local aspiring Olympians, including 18-year-old Patrick Croghan, who competes internationally in the 29er sailing class. He has ambitions to compete in the Tokyo Olympic Games. To show his appreciation, Patrick helped to promote the Godalming Run this year and ran the 5k.
He said: “The 5k was great and the hill leading up to Charterhouse School was tough to run, but rewarding. Events like the Godalming Run are so important. Sport Godalming is helping to raise the profile of sport in the community. I have also witnessed first-hand just how supportive the charity is to athletes like me and I am so grateful.”
Michael O’Sullivan, vice -chairman of Sport Godalming, added: “It was the most exciting Godalming Run to date and we have raised an amazing amount for our local aspiring Olympians. I would like to thank our event partners Charterhouse Club, Waverley Harriers and Godalming town, Waverley borough and Surrey county councils for making it such a success.
“I must also say a huge thank-you to our wonderful team of marshals and the Mayor of Godalming, Simon Thornton. We are also grateful to event sponsors Alton Sports and Trade Direct, along with The Music Works who provided a brilliant lineup of live music.”
Godalming Mayor Simon Thornton started each race, and later presented runners with medals and winners prizes.
Ben Blamey returned to win the 5k in 17 minutes 40 seconds, after coming second in 2016.
The winner of the 10k, Daniel Robinson, who crossed the finish line in 37 minutes 37 seconds, said: “I really enjoyed it as a first timer and am looking forward to doing it again next year.”