A RACE in memory of an ultra-runner and triathlete in the Meon Valley raised £5,000 for three charities. 

The fifth edition of Roly's Run, in memory of Rich 'Roly' Walklate who died in 2018, was held on Sunday, November 19. 

The race raised around £5,000 for three charities: Supporting Papworth Hospital Charity, Help for Heroes and UK Sepsis Trust.

Hampshire Chronicle: Roly's Run 2023

Rich's sister Anna Walklate said: “As we round off our fifth Roly's Run, I'd like to thank each and every runner, walker, volunteer, baker, supporter and anyone else who makes our small event possible. It is a day that is very tough for us, but also rewarding, as we get to remember Rich and to share it with such an incredible group of people.

READ MORE: The full list of runners taking part in Roly's Run

“For me, it feels like this event brings out the 'Rich' in people - endless drive, lashings of enthusiasm, a sense of fun, and limitless support for others. 

Hampshire Chronicle: Roly's Run 2023

“I love meeting all the people who embrace the same aspects of life that Rich did. But each time, I have met people who touched my heart in an extra special way, and this year was no exception. 

“We took in an incredible £963 from the raffle alone, which will go towards our three charities. From this, and with proceeds of the event, we expect to be able to donate in excess of £5,000 this year.”

Hampshire Chronicle: Roly's Run 2023

The course is a circular route in and around the Meon Valley that takes in some of the local hills, including Beacon Hill and Old Winchester Hill, near Warnford.

There are three distances to choose from: 15, 20 and 40 miles.

Rich received treatment at Papworth Hospital, after which he returned to full fitness and participated in the Everest Marathon.

A provisional date of Sunday, November 24 has been set for next year.

For more details, visit rolys.run/index.php.