Mayor of Redbridge celebrates ‘wonderful’ success of first family fun run

PUBLISHED: 14:13 03 April 2017

Race Coordinator Harmander Singh with Redbridge Mayor Cllr Gurdial Bhamra. Picture: Catherine Davison

Race Coordinator Harmander Singh with Redbridge Mayor Cllr Gurdial Bhamra. Picture: Catherine Davison

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The Mayor of Redbridge has been celebrating the “wonderful” success of yesterday’s first annual family 5k fun run in Ilford Town Centre.

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.

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