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Volunteers sought for The Myton Hospices’ Leamington Spa Half Marathon this weekend

Volunteers are being invited to step forward and lend their support to ensure the smooth running of the sixth Leamington Spa Half Marathon, which returns this weekend.

The event, organised by Raceways CIC, has again partnered with Myton, which has three hospices in Coventry, Rugby and Warwick, and have the only Hospice Inpatient beds in Coventry and Warwickshire. They care for people living with a wide range of life-limiting illnesses including Respiratory, Heart & Neurological conditions, Cancer and Organ failure.

Volunteers need to be available between 7am and 1pm and roles range from course marshals, drink station marshals, manager assistants and those able to help set up and break down the event.

Leamington Half Marathon, Kirsty Leahy

Kirsty Leahy, of KLP, is hosting the event for the fifth year. She said: “All the events proceeds go direct to the charity partners. Without our super awesome volunteers, many of whom have been with us for a long time, we would not have been able to fund a large amount of the amazing work they have carried out over the years.

“Our volunteers are at the core of our events and we always need you so if you’re reading this and you’d like to be a part of our volunteer event crew we’d really love to hear from you. Volunteers vary from those with absolutely no experience through to managers from the London 2012 Olympic Games. Anyone who’d like to get involved is welcome.”

 

Runners will have the option to enter the race for free by committing to fundraising £100 for The Myton Hospices, and a portion of the profits from the race will be donated directly to the charity to help fund the continued support of their patients and families.

All runners receive a finishers medal to collect at the finish line, and they have the option to purchase a race T shirt as well. The Myton Hospices will also be hosting the Kids Fun Run, the Myton Kids Mile, which is free to enter with all kids getting a medal!

Kirsty added: “This year Myton Hospice needs to raise £10.5 million to continue providing their services free of charge to people living with life-limiting illness, and their families, across Coventry and Warwickshire. Every entry to the race helps us to support Myton in continuing to provide incredible palliative and end of life care, enabling people to live well for longer with a terminal diagnosis. They can’t do it without your support!”

“We’re absolutely thrilled with the numbers this year. We’re going to be able to support Myton hospice in so many ways but we do need extra volunteers to help on the day!”

For more details about volunteering, email office@raceways.org.uk or challangeevents@mytonhospice.org

Entries are still open for runners. Visit: here or register at the information tent at the Pump Rooms the day before, between 12-5pm or Sunday morning until 7.30am.