Hospice 6k attracts plenty of support

The participants set off at Strathclyde Park as they completed the six kilometres  in aid of St Andrew's Hospice. (Pic: Bethany Allchin/Lucy Davidson)
The participants set off at Strathclyde Park as they completed the six kilometres in aid of St Andrew's Hospice. (Pic: Bethany Allchin/Lucy Davidson)

More than 2,100 people took part in St Andrew’s Hospice’s annual Lanarkshire Schools 6K Fun Run and Race at Strathclyde Park.

This year’s event, sponsored by IHE Stainless, featured participants from 36 schools and a community group who got in the mood with pre-race entertainment provided by St John Ogilvie High School’s cheerleaders, Pamela Logan’s School of Dance and Britain’s Got Talent contestant Edward Reid.

First over the finish line was Struan Paton of Hamilton College in an impressive 19 mins 55 secs, with Heather Addison from St Andrew’s and St Bride’s taking the girls’ top spot in 24 mins 40 secs.

The fastest teachers were Mr Gardiner of Braidhurst High, who completed the race in 20 mins 9 secs, and Miss Hughes of St Margaret’s High in 24 mins.

All of the prize-winners were presented with their trophy by Carol Hope from IHS Stainless.

Andy Flynn, schools and community development co-ordinator, said: “I would like to thank everybody who came along on the day, sponsored someone, volunteered their time, organised a group in school, held a talk or came along to cheer.

“It was a brilliant day and was made all the more special by the enthusiasm of the participants, the hospice team and our volunteers and a big thank you goes to event sponsor IHE Stainless for their support, AG Barr for donating all the bottles of water and Thomas Connell for providing bananas for the participants.

“We have to raise £65,000 every single week to continue to provide vital care services to the people of Lanarkshire and with the support of our schools and the community, we have been able to provide this care for the last 29 years.”

For more information about the hospice, get involved in an event or organise a fundraiser call the fundraising team on 01236 766951 or visit www.standrewshospicefundraising.com.