It’s nearly time for starter’s orders for the Henley Half Marathon and 10K taking place this Sunday (13 October).
The race starts and finishes at Henley Rugby Club, starting at 9.30am. This year the races are being jointly organised by both Henley Rotary Clubs. This year the funds raised will split between local charities and a charity which provides a life saving service by delivering blood supplies and milk for premature babies on motorbikes called Blood Bikes.
Blood Bikes covers the whole country and is run by volunteers. The service is divided into areas and our division covers a large area encompassing Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Northamptonshire. Any patient related item from blood products to scans to x-rays to instruments, is transported free of charge to the NHS. Anything that the NHS might need to help with the clinical care of a patient can be transported, and in bad weather the service has transported doctors transferring between different hospitals. Although it should be made clear that doctors are transported in cars.
The Blood Bikes volunteer service which has no income other than donations, runs all aspects of the service from maintaining the fleet vehicles, managing the calls from hospitals, and delivering whatever is requited 24 hours a day. Annie Lathaen from Rotary Club of Henley Bridge said, “The Rotarians were so impressed by the service offered, that they have agreed to donate enough money (if the surplus allows), from the Half Marathon & 10k to buy a new motorbike for the Blood Bikes”.
The Blood Bikes will have one of their bikes on show at the rugby ground during the race, so that entrants and onlookers can see how the bikes are modified to carry what is required safely.
As with all distance races held for local charities many runners support a variety of charities, raising money through sponsorship for organisations such as Cancer Research, British Heart Foundation, Macmillan Cancer Nurses, Sue Ryder and many other deserving charities. Therefore, the race day makes a great deal of money for many charities both locally and nationally.
Invesco Perpetual not only sponsor the Half Marathon but many members of staff run in both races to raise money for their own named charity. This not only raises the profile of the Half Marathon but increases the amount of money going to charity. Half Marathon entry is £35.00 and the 10k £30.00. More information is available on the Henley Bridge Half Marathon & 10k website at www.henleyhalfmarathon.org
Runners are guaranteed entry on the day and are able to sign up for chip timing up until 9.15am on Sunday. For those that enter on the day the cost will be £40.00 for the half marathon and £35.00 for the 10k.