More than 35 people joined the BAPS Charities Annual 10k Challenge in Glasgow on Sunday 12 April 2015.
In total, over 3,000 participants walked or ran the 10 kilometres in about 20 towns and cities across the UK. The annual event brings together people of all ages and backgrounds around the country to do something healthy and fun and to raise valuable funds for a variety of worthy causes.
The official partner for BAPS Charities this year is the British Heart Foundation, the nation’s largest independent funder of cardiovascular research. The Challenge also raised funds for Rosa, a charitable fund set up to support initiatives that benefit women and girls in the UK.
Previous national partners have included Barnardo’s, Breast Cancer Care, Diabetes UK, Age UK, KIDS, The Anthony Nolan Trust, Macmillan Cancer Support as well as the British Heart Foundation.
The annual challenge has evolved since its inception over 20 years ago. This year offered participants one of four very different physical feats to complete: the traditional 10km walk or run, a bike ride from London to Brighton or Paris, a gruelling Spartan Challenge, and for the really adventurous, a tandem skydive.
The event in Glasgow kicked off shortly after 10.30am from the Fred Paton Hall.
Addressing the gathering, lead volunteer Samir Patel welcomed all the participants and said, “I am so glad to see everyone turn out on this fantastic day for this important fundraising event. Thank you, and have a great run.”
After the opening ceremony, walkers and runners moved along the route around Kelvingrove Park.
After completing the 10 kilometres, Kunal Shah shared, “It was an amazing day where we could all help contribute to these good causes. The weather was great too!”
BAPS Charities volunteer Jignasa Pandya added: “We’re really happy to have hosted this event and support two great charities, Rosa and the British Heart Foundation.”
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