Isabel Hospice Jingle Bells and Bows Fun Run

Hundreds of people donned their best Christmas fancy dress outfits for a fun run in aid of Isabel Hospice.

FOLLOWING torrential rain during the early part of the morning, the clouds cleared to provide a sunny bright day for the Isabel Hospice annual Jingle Bells and Bows Fun Run, sponsored by John Lewis, around Stanborough Lakes in Welwyn Garden City.

A total of 320 men, women and children ran in festive and wonderful fancy dress outfits, and it is hoped the event will raise more than �14,000 for the hospice, which needs to raise around �2.8 million from charitable sources this year. Amongst the runners was a fully decorated Christmas tree, numerous Rudolfs complete with very red noses, a silver star, and lots and lots of Santas.

Fancy dress winners were Sandra Godman from Welwyn who was the Christmas Tree and Jo Rogers and Sarah Hunt, from Welwyn Garden City, who were Christmas presents. Children’s winners included Lucy Block and Paris Fisher from Ware as well as Isabella and George Rodosthemous from Great Munden.

There were two races on the day and the first man home on the 11am race was Phil Rice from Welwyn Garden City, who was part of the John Lewis team. First woman home was Lindsey Peters, from Welwyn Garden City, from the Rosemary Conley Diet and Fitness team, and first youth was James Deardon, 12, from Hitchin, also from the John Lewis team.

The midday race saw Ben Arnold from Watton-at-Stone as the first man home, Natalie Jewel from Welwyn Garden City as the first woman, and Keir Silvester, 13, also from Welwyn Garden City was the first youth home.

Organiser Julie North said, ‘Thank you to everyone who made the day such a great success including our event sponsors John Lewis. Thanks also to Grant Shapps MP, Terry Mitchinson, Editor of Welwyn Hatfield Times, and Hospice Trustees Geoff Perrin and Sophie Cowan, Stanborough Parks, as well Steve Folland of Hertbeat FM, and Andy from Mr H productions for the sounds.

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‘We couldn’t have done it without Valeside catering supplying all the bacon butties, and Phoenix running club for tracking the runner’s times. Last but by no means least I want to say a very big thanks to all the Hospice staff and volunteers who worked so hard to put up the marquees in the pouring rain and make the day run smoothly.’

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