On Sunday 13 November 2016, our team of runners made up of supporters, staff and service users strapped on their trainers and took to the footpaths of Regent’s Park to compete in the annual 10k race.
There were some excellent results from the PAC-UK team, with Juho Lahdenpera leading the pack and beating his previous time, completing the race in 40:47 and placing 13th overall.
The remaining team mates put in a sterling effort (full results below):
13th – Juho Lahdenpera – 00.40.47
91st – Louis Hurrey – 00.49.49
111th – Paul Fretten – 00.51.24
112th – Lucy Richardson – 00.51.25
113th – Amy Fretten – 00.51.25
131st – Jesus Melero – 00.53.34
132nd – Estefania Rubio – 00.53.35
142nd – Timothy Taylor – 00.53.47
143rd – Rebecca Wilkins – 00.53.47
217th – Kamil Szarota – 00.58.38
227th – Michelle Evans – 01.00.21
275th – Josie Gradwell – 01.04.53
PAC-UK service user and team member Michelle Evans said: “PAC-UK has had such a great impact on my life, that I decided to return the favour in the hope of raising money for the team and support people just like me!"
“I trained very hard for my run to ensure I managed the 10K in an hour, and despite facing injury during training I managed to run the race in 60 minute and 28 seconds. The weather was incredible on the day and it was so lovely to do a race in one of London's iconic parks, and passing the zoo was a highlight of mine; it is great encouragement when you have a camel staring at you mid race.
“The race was perfectly organised with great refreshments and I was also impressed at the support from Timpsons (I am aware that Mr Timpson and his wife are big adoption supporters). My ankle is in recovery, but I am so happy to have the t-shirt and medal to commemorate our achievement.”
You can also send a cheque to: PAC-UK, Family Action Head Office, 34 Wharf Road, London, N1 7GR.
Please give generously to help us reach our £3,000 target. Every penny raised will contribute towards PAC-UK's vital work with adults, children and families affected by adoption and/or other forms of permanent care. Your help will make a real difference to people struggling with the impact of a traumatic past. We really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations!