The wet weekend certainly didn’t dampen the spirits of our triumphant #TeamShootingStar, as 32 runners (and 1 blow up dinosaur) braved the elements and took on the Royal Parks Half Marathon on Sunday 13 October, raising £20,000 and counting for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.

The Royal Parks Half Marathon takes runners through four of London’s Royal Parks – Hyde Park, Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens. Experiencing the famous parks in all their autumnal glory as well as seeing the magnificent landmarks of the capital including Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament.

The team, which included supported and bereaved families, corporate runners and individuals travelled up to London bright and early to get registered and of course have a team photo – before heading out onto the route. To help them along the final straits the runners received an extra warming cheer by our cheer squad, made up of enthusiastic staff and volunteers at mile 11.

#TeamShootingStar runner Sarah said, “Thanks to the lovely ladies who were cheering at mile 11 and dealt with me blubbing on them, giving me a much needed hug and a jelly bean and getting me through the last 2 miles.”

Fellow runner Steph also said, “Your support crew are THE best – fact!”

Once crossing the finish line the team were welcomed back at our charity marquee to enjoy a well deserved post race massage, refreshments and lots of congratulating by friends and family.

Loren Ludlow, Challenge Events Fundraiser said, “The weather didn’t seem to be on our side on Saturday but thankfully it was a little drier for our amazing runners on the Sunday morning. Regardless of the weather, each and every one of #TeamShootingStar were in fantastic spirits, smiling all the way – whether this was the first half marathon they’d taken on or a seasoned runner. It’s always such a pleasure to be at these events and cheer our team on and we can’t thank them enough for raising such a huge amount of money which will go onto help the families we support immeasurably.”

Read more about supported mum Nicky who was taking on the Royal Parks Half Marathon as part of a year of fundraising for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices. 

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