IN PICTURES: Hundreds turn up to run for hospice funds

Runners set off from Pontefract Park.
Runners set off from Pontefract Park.

Hundreds of runners turned out for the first Pontefract 10k race to raise vital funds for the Prince of Wales Hospice.

Around 650 people took part in the event on Sunday morning and the total raised is still being counted.

The race started and ended at Pontefract Park, taking in Park Lane and Havertop Lane.

Katy Lee from the hospice said: “The first year of Pontefract 10k was a huge success. The weather was perfect for a 10k run.

“We had over 650 runners register to take part to help raise funds for the hospice.

“Supporters are still sending sponsorship money in and we are hoping to raise thousands of pounds to help provide care and support to those in our local community.

“We’ve had a fantastic response from runners who took part in the event and are already working on our plans for next year – bring on Pontefract 10k 2019.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part as well as to our sponsor, Richard Kendall Estate Agents, and all the volunteers who helped out on the day, we couldn’t have done it without you.”

It costs £3m every year to keep the hospice open, with the majority of funding coming from donations from the local community and businesses, charity shops sales and a variety of fundraising events such as the road race.

Photographs by Allan McKenzie and Marie Foster.

See them in print in this week’s Pontefract and Castleford Express.