More than 40 people joined the BAPS Charities Annual 10k Challenge in Milton Keynes 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 Milton Keynes kicked off shortly after 10am from Campbell Park Pavilion in the presence of Councillor Peter Marland.
Addressing the gathering, the Council Leader said, “It’s a great pleasure to be here for the BAPS Charities Annual 10k Challenge and support two great charities, Rosa and the British Heart Foundation.”
After the opening ceremony, walkers and runners moved around the scenic park enjoying views of the rolling hills and grazing animals.
After completing the 10 kilometres, Mayur Shah shared, “It was a lovely day and knowing you were doing something for a great cause made it all the more rewarding.”
BAPS Charities volunteer Pankaj Derodra added: “I’d just like to thank all the participants for their support and enthusiasm in coming together to help our local community. It really does make a difference to so many needy people.”
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