Fields in Trust's team of runners taking on the Vitality British 10k London Run all crossed the finish line in excellent times in the capital on Sunday afternoon. The runners were raising money to help further Fields in Trust's work protecting and improving parks and playing fields across the UK. Oliver Thwaites was the first of our runners home, completing the ten kilometre course in the impressive time of 37 minutes and 25 seconds, enough to place him 36th overall out of the 11,292 participants.
Second to cross the line was Tom Huntley in 47 minutes 20 seconds, placing him 924th overall whilst Viki Lauro was the 603rd female runner overall over the line, completing in 53 minutes 39 seconds. They were followed home by Rich Flynn, David Kane, Finbar Duffy, Alf Rehman, Chris Jukes, Fatima Kamnonyele, Charles Allen, Diana Leth and Tim Smith with all twelve runners completing their challenges within 70 minutes.
David Kane and Finbar Duffy ran the race representing Barn Elms Sports Trust who manage Barn Elms Playing Fields, protected with Fields in Trust under the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge. The pair said: "We are honoured to run on behalf of Fields in Trust by seeing all the great work they are putting in around the UK. FIT work with us to protect our playing fields and I couldn't imagine what we would do without them. The work they do to protect playing fields and recreation grounds around the UK is amazing."
The achievement of Alf Rehman was all the more impressive as the amateur cricketer completed the course in his full cricket whites, including helmet and pads, before jumping on a train to open the batting for Old Albanians CC. He not only completed the race around the hour mark but then went on to score 50 before taking a turn bowling, still wearing his full cricket kit. Alf commented of his desire to run for Fields in Trust that "this cause is massively close to my heart".
To support any of our runners by donating to them please click on their names above to be taken to their fundraising pages.
Fields in Trust was founded in 1925 by King George V. Our mission is the same now and as it was then: to ensure that everyone – young or old, able-bodied or disabled and wherever they live – should have access to free, local outdoor space for sport, play and recreation.
Inspired by the amazing achievements of #teamFIT at the British 10k? If you would like to take on a challenge event to raise money for Fields in Trust then please get in touch with our Fundraising Officer, Genevieve Hinchliff, by calling 020 7427 2114 or emailing email@example.com.