More than 65 people took to the streets in Loughborough for the BAPS Charities Annual 10K Challenge on Sunday 11 May 2014.
Each year, BAPS Charities organises a fun and healthy charity event for individuals to unite as a community to support a worthy cause. At several towns and cities around the UK, around 4,000 enthusiastic men, women and children of all ages – ranging from toddlers through to senior citizens in their nineties – walk, jog and even run a distance of 10 kilometres to raise funds and awareness for a variety of good causes.
This year’s event partnered nationally with Diabetes UK, the leading charity that cares for, connects with and campaigns on behalf of every person affected by or at risk of diabetes – including the 3.8 million people in the UK that are currently diagnosed with the disease. In addition, BAPS Charities also raised funds for the Loughborough Sea Cadets to support their commendable work with youths in the local community.
The Challenge this year builds on 20 years of sponsored events. Previous national charity partners have included Macmillan Cancer Research, Barnardo’s, The Anthony Nolan Trust, The British Heart Foundation, Breast Cancer Care, Age UK, KIDS, as well as Diabetes UK.
The event kicked-off shortly after 10.45am from BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Loughborough.
After the opening ceremony, walkers, joggers and runners moved along the route down Moira Street and then around the town of Loughborough, via the drinks stop on Valley Road.
Rajiv Parmar (17) and Rahul Sakaria (14), who finished the 10 kilometre-route joint-first in just 45 minutes, said: “We’re over the moon to break the Loughborough record whilst raising money for some wonderful causes. Next year we want to get our friends involved too!”
BAPS Charities volunteer Pankaj Manek added: “It was great to see the families turn up on a Sunday morning, especially the youngsters. Despite the wet and windy weather, everyone still managed to enjoy themselves because we knew it was for such worthy charities.”
To learn more about the work of Diabetes UK, please click here.
To learn more about the Sea Cadets in Loughborough, please click here.
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