Dozens of people took to the streets in Southend-on-Sea for the BAPS Charities Annual 10K Challenge on Sunday 27 April.
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.
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 at Southchurch Park at 1pm. The route continued onto the Eastern Esplanade along Southend seafront, down Thorpe Hall Avenue and Woodgrange Drive, then along Lifstan way and back to the starting point.
Tarshan Patel, BAPS Charities volunteer and one of the participants who ran the 10-kilometre distance, said: “It’s been a great day all round, and the weather held out too! It’s always rewarding to do something that’s physically good for you while at the same time raising money for charity.”
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