A LEIGH running group were crowned champions in a fundraising event for the second year running.
The third annual running of the Finish Line Fund Virtual Relay saw 278 runners from six clubs run and raise raised £1,924 for a charity that provide grants to East Essex sports clubs and event organisers, as well as runners affected by serious injury.
The event requires 12 consecutive half hour slots to be filled by each club’s runners, with no limit on the maximum.
The runners can run any route they choose, and are awarded points for most mileage covered and number of runners per club.
Alongside Leigh Striders, runners from Benfleet Running Club, Southend Flyers, Rayleigh Road & Trail, South Woodham Runners, and Pitsea Running Club, took part.
Mark Benham, the charity’s secretary, said: “We are delighted that the event was such a success once more.
“We started this event in the 2021 lockdown and have now run two events since.
“To have so many runners on the streets raising money for the charity was fantastic. We’d like to thank all the runners who took part and the clubs who participated to ensure the numbers were high.
“Fundraising such as this is vital for us to continue our work.”
Anyone wishing to support Finish Line Fund can visit: finishlinefund.org or email [email protected].
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