A HAMPSHIRE country 10k event, sponsored by New Forest Wealth Management and Wellow Fitness Centre, recently raised funds for Against Breast Cancer. 

The Wellow 10k, organised by Francesca Hough and Karen Arney, was held on June 23. 
Headlands Farm and Wellow FC gave use of their land for the event now in its second year. 

Around 80 people descended on the field for the mid-afternoon start. The route was well marshalled by volunteers, including members of the local running club the Halterworth Harriers. There was even a much-needed water station halfway round the course. 

Richard Martin, senior events manager from Against Breast Cancer, said: It was an honour to be invited down to a beautiful corner of Hampshire for the West Wellow 10K. An event so well supported by the local community, with such a wonderfully laid back and welcoming feel. The team of volunteers were fabulous and ensured runners young and old were well looked after from start to finish. Can't wait for next year."

After the event had started and the field had emptied of runners and walkers, it was the time for the children's race. The 22 children who had signed up for the race, consisting of a mix of ages starting from as young as one going up to 12 years old. A local keen junior runner, Howard Pillinger-Cork, donned a hi-viz to be the pacer/lead runner and took the children around the field at Headlands Farm and back through the finishing funnel. 

They all did fantastically and once they had finished, they were proudly given medals to wear. 
The adults soon started to reappear and made the final loop of the field before finishing the 10k. People were saying the course was tough, but they praised the marshalls for their encouragement and the organisers on another successful event which managed to raise over £1,000 for the very worthwhile charity. 

This amount was generously boosted by the Lamb Inn who kindly donated £133 from their recent quiz night. Huge thank you to all the sponsors, landowners and all involved in this fantastic fundraising event.