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More than 1,200 participants enjoyed the ‘best atmosphere yet’ in the 6th annual Acorns Children’s Hospice ‘Triple Run’.

The Triple Run at the Three Counties Showground, in Malvern, Worcestershire, on Sunday (29th May) drew runners from the Midlands and London – and even 38 crew members from aircraft carrier USS George H W Bush who heard of the run on the ‘net, and came to support local life limited children.

The Chairman of Malvern Hills District Council, Coun Mike Soley, the newly elected Mayor of Worcester, Cllr Dr David Tibbutt, and Miss Worcester Verity Gwilliam welcomed runners.  They handed out unique medals at the three-race Malvern half marathon, the 5km spring fun run and the 1km Chicken Run, a wheelchair friendly course designed specifically for people with disabilities or special needs.

Chris Price, chairman of the Triple Run Committee, said:  “It’s one of the best atmospheres we’ve had:  everyone stayed around and had picnics after their run, which was tough going for them because of the wind.

“We had the most runners ever in our Chicken Run.  Everyone said how much they enjoyed such an attractive course, and how the Half Marathon was well organized.

“We give a huge ‘thank you’ to the 220 volunteers who turned up, and the Triple Run Committee who worked from 6am to help make this such a success.”

There was a bonus of good weather as supporters ran or walked the wonderful village routes of the Acorns Triple Run, beneath the iconic Malvern Hills.

Kerrie Davies, Acorns’ Events Manager, said:  “The Triple Run brought everyone together for the good of their local hospice.

“From serious runners to people trying to get fit and parents – some with local life limited children in wheelchairs – it includes all our community. They have made a real difference to Acorns’ families in helping us to reach our £35,000 target.”

Acorns for the Three Counties in Worcester cares for over 170 children and their families, in Gloucestershire, Worcestershire or Herefordshire, and also parts of South Warwickshire.
Short breaks for children give them and their families a break from the daily routine, and offer a safe environment for the children to stay and enjoy many activities, such as the hydrotherapy pool and sensory room, not available at home.

“It cost £750 per day for each child’s care and Acorns relies on voluntary income for over 70% of its funding so events like the Triple Run are hugely important. We depend on the local community to get behind this event to make sure we can continue to be there for our families 24 hours a day, 365 days a year,” Kerrie Davies added.

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