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Inspirational quartet get set for Simplyhealth Great Bristol 10k 2017

Create: 01/19/2017 - 17:35

Four inspirational runners will be among the thousands taking to the streets when the Simplyhealth Great Bristol 10k and Family Mile is staged on Sunday, May 7.

The event was launched at College Green and the quartet, each of whom have signed up for the first time, met with Deputy Mayor Estella Tincknell and organisers as they gear up for the challenge.
  • Denise Nicholls battled cancer and beat it in 2007 before shedding an amazing six stone. To stay fit and healthy so took up running and signed up to the event to keep motivated. 
  • Terry Maley is running in memory of his daughter Jo, a former 10k runner who tragically passed away in October from womb and ovarian cancer at just 36 years old.
  • David Runicman broke his femur while playing rugby in May 2016. Since his injury he hasn’t been able to run, so is setting himself a challenge to do his first ever 10k run to prove to himself he can recover fitter and stronger. He was joined by his partner, Shawni Sergeant, who has supported him throughout his recovery. 
The Deputy Mayor said: “I am delighted to welcome the Simplyhealth Great Bristol 10k back to the city during our year as a European City of Sport. The race is a highlight in our sporting calendar and is growing in popularity year on year. It’s great to see so many inspirational athletes already showing their support for this year’s event, I hope their participation will inspire others to sign up and take on the challenge.
 “Sport has so many important roles to play in our city. It’s the activity that helps maintain and improve our health, the unifying bond that brings communities together and it provides opportunities for people, particularly children and young people, to learn and develop skills that will help them towards future success. I hope that by hosting events such as the Great Bristol 10k we can all share in the benefits that sport has to offer.”
The runners were joined by representatives of The Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity and the official local charity of the Simplyhealth Great Bristol 10K and Family Mile.  Last year the charity raised £64,000 through Great Run events in Bristol.
Suzanne Maverick, fundraising manager at The Grand Appeal, said: ”We’re thrilled to be the local partner for the Simplyhealth Great Bristol 10K and Family Mile again.  The 10k has always been hugely popular with our supporters and the addition of the Family Mile last year proved to be great fun.”
The 10k course makes the most of the city’s picturesque backdrop. Starting on Anchor Road near Millennium Square and Bristol Cathedral it runs parallel to the historic Bristol Harbour before continuing along Avon Gorge and taking in the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge. The return route takes in Spike Island and the Cumberland Basin before passing the soaring Gothic St Mary’s Redcliffe, finishing on Anchor Road close to the start line, so that runners can meet up with family and friends and make the most of the bars, restaurants and attractions at the Harbourside.
Andy Graffin, Project Manager of the Simplyhealth Great Bristol 10k and Family Mile added: “We’re delighted to kick off the countdown to the 2017 event here in Bristol today. Last year was the first time we took the reins at this well-established event and we had some fantastic feedback from runners, with the addition of the Family Mile proving extremely popular. “Both events will be bigger and better in 2017, meaning we will be welcoming over 13,000 runners of all ages and abilities on the start line.”
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Neil Beck
Neil edited XtraTime magazine across all 11 issues from September 2015 to the spring of 2017. He is a vastly-experienced West Country sports journalist who cut his teeth at the Wiltshire Gazette & Herald before moving on to become head of sport at Bath News & Media.