#TeamCALM had a historic day on Sunday at the British London 10k, with a whopping 141 runners pounding the streets of Central London – our largest ever team.
Seeing 100+ beaming faces together for our group photo was such a buzz and our presence out on the course was overwhelming, with everyone commenting on the massive amount of orange shirts around the route. For the first time ever we had fancy dress runners in the form of a donkey and an elephant… rather them than us, imagine the heat!
After a much earlier rise than a usual Sunday, our rowdy cheer team illuminated the Strand with the neon-orange glow of CALM balloons and flags. Thankfully we were graced with great running weather – not too hot with just a spot of light rain for refreshment.
Encouragingly the cheer team and runners got loads of positive messages of thanks and support from non-CALM runners too, which shows the top job you’re all doing spreading the message to the public.
It’s always an inspiration to watch our runners give it their all, and after sweaty but glorious hugs at the finish line it was a real pleasure to meet so many of you in the pub to celebrate, put faces to names and thank you personally for your support. With many running in memory of friends and loved ones, a feeling of solidarity and gratitude permeated the room.
The funds are still rolling in, but it’s looking like we’re on the way to raising well over £50k – an amazing amount that will fund thousands of potentially life saving calls to our helpline and web chat service.
Shout out to our prize winners…
Youngest runner: Ciara Willis (15)
Best dressed: Tom Williams and Tom Stubbs
Team effort: Brendan’s CALM Badgers
Best fundraising efforts: Mehmet Raif, who raised over £4,000, and Keith and Jennie Anderson, Team Stuart4Madonna who are sitting at £2,300 with more rolling in!
Huge thanks to…
BMB Agency, Topman and Vision Artists for goody bag treats. And Eve Rowley for her opera ticket donation.
Volunteer extraordinaire Sarah Morrissey for running the show.
Our noisy, neon cheer team, all of our volunteers and CALM staffer Bríd McKeown for leading the way.
Birthday runners Corrine Pincher and Paul Wilcox.
Hannah Goodwin (pictured left) for her photography and cheerleading skills, check her photos below…
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