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BAPS Charities Annual 10K Challenge, Luton

On Saturday 3 May 2014, more than 120 people took to the track at Stockwood Park in Luton for the BAPS Charities Annual 10K Challenge.

Each year, BAPS Charities organises a fun and healthy charity event for individuals to unite as a community in supporting a worthy cause. In several UK towns and cities, around 4,000 enthusiastic men, women and children of all ages – from toddlers through to senior citizens in their nineties – walk, jog and even run a distance of 10 kilometres all in aid of raising 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.

The Challenge this year built on 20 years of sponsored events for BAPS Charities. 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 at Stockwood Park kicked-off shortly after 12:15pm in glorious sunshine, launched by Surjeet Soin of Diabetes UK.

Addressing the gathering, Surjeet said: “It is great to see so many youngsters. They’ll be the ones to prevent diabetes in the future”. He further added, “I am very, very grateful for your organisation, for raising money for Diabetes UK. I am sure one day we will find a cure for diabetes.”

Bhavin Patel, a local participant, shared: “The venue was really nice. Being a parent with a young child, it was a joy to join in with my daughter who happily hopped and skipped along as well. I look forward to participating again next year and contributing to such a worthy cause with my family.”

To learn more about the work of Diabetes UK, please click here.

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