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Fun run’s back! 5k boosts charity

16 September, 2021 — By Steve Barnett

Fun-runners warm up at the Parliament Hill bandstand before setting off on Saturday’s 5k challenge. See more fun run photos at https://www.flickr.com/photos/145307451@N04/albums/72157719833449119

HUNDREDS of fun-runners flocked to Hampstead Heath on Saturday to help raise vital funds for charity.

Some 588 runners from all walks of life took part in the Jubilee Hall Trust’s first 5k challenge since 2019 after postponements due to the pandemic.

And it turned out to be their “most successful fun run ever”, raising more than £3k.

The trust operates four health, fitness and sports centres, including one at The Armoury in Pond Street, Hampstead.

The charity aims to build strong, healthy communities by promoting fitness and wellbeing, and also manages outreach programmes such as dance classes for older people and healthy eating education projects for obese children.

Reflecting on Saturday’s success, general manager Leighton Wattes said: “We had families run with their children and even pushing their buggies around the course. The youngest finisher was three years old and the most senior at 83 years young.

“These fun, inclusive days are so essential in boosting mental health, reintroducing that lost social aspect that Covid had taken from us and for raising money for Jubilee Hall Trust, who are still suffering with the lack of returning customers.

“We are only one of the few small leisure trusts left. We do great work in Camden, we have done for years, and so wish to continue this work far into the future.”

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