Mayor of Redbridge celebrates ‘wonderful’ success of first family fun run
PUBLISHED: 14:13 03 April 2017
The Mayor of Redbridge has been celebrating the “wonderful” success of yesterday’s first annual family 5k fun run in Ilford Town Centre.
Mayor's Family Fun Run
James Alderman, 5, takes part in a 5km Family Fun Run around Ilford town centre with his mum Fiona, on 2nd April 2017. Picture: Catherine Davison
A father and daughter take part in the 5km Family Fun Run in Ilford town centre, on 2nd April, 2017. Picture: Catherine Davison
Jag Singh, 28, was the first across the line in 18 minutes 5 seconds, Picture: Catherine Davison
A woman in fancy dress sprints for the finishing line at the Mayor's Family Fun Run in Ilford town centre, Picture: Catherine Davison
Macy, 12, waits for little sister Kelly, 10, only a few minutes behind, at the finishing line of the Mayor's Family Fun Run on 2nd April, 2017. Picture: Catherine Davison
Redbridge Mayor Cllr Gurdial Bhamra with the runners as they set off from the start line at the Mayor's Family Fun Run, on 2nd April, 2017. Picture: Catherine Davison
Runners warm up at the start line of the Mayor's Family Fun Run on 2nd April, 2017. Picture: Catherine Davison
Sisters Kelly, 10, and Macy, 12, with their medals after finishing the Mayor's Family Fun Run on 2nd April, 2017. Picture: Catherine Davison
L to R: Supreet, 9, dad Rav Singh, Virj Singh, 12, and mum Abinash Kaur, with their dog JD, after running 5km for the Mayor's Family Fun Run on 2nd April, 2017. Picture: Catherine Davison
L to R: cC Carl Repper, Khaled Noor, Cllr Jas Athwal, Sgt Lee Wilkinson, Pc Andy Sharp, Pc Jen Lang, and Lepak Badiginchala, at the Mayor's Family Fun Run on 2nd April, 2017. Picture: Catherine Davison
The Mayor crosses the finishing line outside Redbridge Town Hall at the Family Fun Run in Ilford, on 2nd April, 2017. Picture: Catherine Davison
Runners with their medals after finishing the Mayor's Family Fun Run on 2nd April, 2017. Picture: Catherine Davison
Isher, 3, who did the 5km course on a scooter, with her grandmother Jasbir Jheeta, at the Mayor's Family Fun Run on 2nd April, 2017. Picture: Catherine Davison
Some 200 runners competed in the race, including the world’s oldest marathon runner 106-year-old Fauja Singh, to raise money for the Mayor’s chosen charities.
Mayor Cllr Gurdial Bhamra walked the route, which began and ended outside Redbridge Town Hall, in his ceremonial robes - although he would have preferred to have finished with a faster time.
“I’m a bit competitive myself, I’d liked to have finished it earlier but my granddaughter and grandson walked with me so it slowed me down a bit.
“It went very well, it was very successful, the main thing was it’s a historical event because it’s the first in the borough and it worked wonderfully well.
“The feedback I’m getting from people is they were all very very happy. We had people from all different communities taking part, it was a really wonderful time.
“We are very grateful to the sponsors and people coming and taking part - all together I thought it was a very good event.”
Harmander Singh, the race coordinator of the Mayor’s Annual Family Fun Run, said it was a great start to an event that will hopefully carry on for many years to come.
“The race was absolutely fantastic, we had everything going for us and good weather,” said Harmander. “It was a brilliant start and everyone that helped out was fantastic - nothing went wrong and everyone came back happy.
“I think it showed a great community spirit and all the charities that benefit came out in numbers as well. I’m hoping we can double the numbers each year.
“I’d also like to say a big thank you to the Ilford Recorder for the coverage of the event throughout the last month.”
Proceeds from the £6 per person entry fee will be divided between the mayor’s three chosen charities – Vibrance, Disabled Asian Women’s Network and the Healthy Living Project’s Welcome Project.
All those who completed the course were given a medal and T-shirt and a goodie bag.