Charity Health

Blenheim Palace 7k Fundraising Fun Run through stunning grounds

By Sarah Edwards

Over 2,000 runners braved cold conditions for this year’s annual 7k fun run at Blenheim Palace, a World Heritage site in Woodstock Oxfordshire.

Local and national charities were represented by fundraising teams including, Sobell House, Ark T and Restore, the Oxfordshire mental health charity celebrating 40 years this year with 40 runners on the team.

The 111 strong JTAFit/Riot Club team raised over £2,500 for the Oxford charity Helen and Douglas House, Jane Attwood from JTAFit in Carterton said “Good day, good race lots of fun fundraising by all.” Matthew Saunders of the Riot Club also from Caterton said “It was an awesome day! We all had a cracking day and look forward to the next. Our fundraising for Helen & Douglas House is currently at 2.5K.”

Caroline Cookson and Team ‘Run4Joyce’ were raising money for the Neurology ICU at the John Radcliffe Hospital in the memory of their friend Joyce Carter. Joyce was a 46-year-old Flight Sergeant in the RAF who had recently been posted back to RAF Brize Norton and passed away following a sudden stroke in November last year.
The Neurology ICU at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford provided excellent care for Joyce plus vital emotional support for her husband Wayne, children Tyler and Tia, her parents and close friends in her final hours.
Caroline says: “As a close friendship group, we all wanted to do something positive in Joyce’s memory, to thank the Neuro ICU and which would allow them to continue to make a difference to families going through the toughest situations.
“Joyce loved her family and friends, she enjoyed visiting Blenheim Palace and being active was an important part of her lifestyle – so running the Blenheim 7K / Kids 1 Mile on in her honour seemed a fitting tribute.
Sponsored by Freeths Solcitors, Managing Partner Sarah Foster said: “ On behalf of Freeths Solicitors, I want to say thank you to all of the runners that took part in the fun run. Your support is what makes this event the success that it is. I look forward to cheering on next year’s runners.”