Going the extra mile in aid of Bury St Edmunds hospice

Jack Tappin, HaverSports director, Matt Hickey from Abbeycroft Leisure, Hospice Care Assistant Katy Edgar, athletes Helen Samuel and Pip Moore
with their daughter Isabel, and Abbeycroft Leisures Ian Evans. ANL-161027-161354001
Jack Tappin, HaverSports director, Matt Hickey from Abbeycroft Leisure, Hospice Care Assistant Katy Edgar, athletes Helen Samuel and Pip Moore with their daughter Isabel, and Abbeycroft Leisures Ian Evans. ANL-161027-161354001
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Sporty fund-raisers have literally gone the extra mile for St Nicholas Hospice Care - bringing in £2,481 for the Bury St Edmunds charity.

Abbeycroft Leisure and aspiring events organising group Haversports held a series of sports events across West Suffolk in which more than 600 people competed.

They delivered the third Haverhill Festival of Running in April, which included the town’s first marathon, a half marathon and 10km runs in the town.

Abbeycroft Leisure Triathlon Festivals were also held in Bury St Edmunds in June and in Mildenhall in August.

Eight-year- old Isabel, from Bury, won her category in the junior aquathlons at the triathlon festivals in Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill, while her father Pip Moore finished second and her mother Helen Samuel was the first women to cross the finish line at the sprint triathlon in Mildenhall.

“It’s great to be able to compete locally and to see triathlon spreading across west Suffolk, particularly offering youngsters such as Isabel the opportunity to take part in the sport from an early age,” said Pip, 45. Matt Hickey, Abbeycroft Leisure health and physical activity development manager, said he hopes following on from this year’s success there will be an oppirtunity to offer even more events to the community.

“It’s been great to see such numbers taking part in multisport at our facilities, with athletes of all ages and abilities helping us to raise a fantastic sum for a very worthy cause.”

George Chilvers, community fund-raiser for the hospice, added: “All the support we receive is hugely appreciated, and we want to thank HaverSports, Abbeycroft Leisure, and all their sponsors, supporters and athletes who have contributed to their fund raising for us this year.

“We look forward to working with them further in 2017.”

Entries are currently open for the Haverhill Running Festival in 2017. Enter at www.haversports.com