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Chew Valley 10k is a roaring success, says delighted Denise

RACE organiser Denise Mellersh was delighted to report  a record field of 723 runners for the 2017 Chew Valley 10k last weekend.

The race, which was again sponsored by Debbie Fortune Estate Agents, was started by Bath-based and Tavistock-born  Olympic modern pentathlete Heather Fell (pictured below in the centre), who then joined in to run the race.

“I am delighted to be able to support a brilliant local event like the Chew Valley 10k,” said Fell.

“I have gained so much from sport and relish any opportunity to encourage others to have a go and to reap the lifelong benefits which sport can bring.

As a charity event which supports Bishop Sutton School Society, Chew Valley School Society and South West neo-natal charity, Bloodbikes NICU Support, this year organisers invited additional charities to enter runners to raise further funds 

It was therefore fitting that both male and female race winners, Graham Wadsworth (36:23 and pictured above) and Victoria Baker (40:48), ran for Bristol’s St Peter’s Hospice alongside runners supporting charities such as A Sibling’s Wish, Time is Precious and Bath Carer’s Centre.

“A big thank you to all our local residents, marshals, helpers and sponsors, without whom we could not put on this event, and most of all thanks to our runners,” said Mellersh.

“The Chew Valley 10k contributes significantly to sports equipment/training and fundraising projects at local schools. Plus, it supports the families of premature babies all across the South West at a critical point in their lives.”