Coltishall Jaguars flying high following donation to East Anglian Air Ambulance
- Credit: Vicky Tovell
Coltishall Jaguars Running Club committee have handed over a cheque for £2000 to the East Anglian Air Ambulance.
The money was raised from entry fees to the club's annual Mike Groves 10K race which last month saw a record-breaking number of runners take part.
The Jaguars' Club President and founding member Alan Groves said: 'Each year we have donated money to charity after this race - but this year it is by far the largest amount we have ever been able to give. It is a huge achievement.'
Alan organised the original Mike Groves race in 2000 in memory of his son Michael, a talented athlete who died in a traffic accident.
This year's record amount represents the running club's growing success and popularity. Participant numbers in the club's three annual races have increased dramatically since the club established their base at Scottow Enterprise Park, 12 months ago.
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Ginny Seppings, Norfolk Fundraising Officer with East Anglia Air Ambulance, was able to show some of the Jaguars committee around the EAAA base at Norwich Airport – although the helicopter itself had been called out.
Accepting the donation on behalf on the EAAA, a charity which receives no direct government funding and is reliant on donations, Ms Seppings thanked the Jaguars and explained that the £2000 would go a long way towards funding a life-saving mission: 'As we say here, together we save lives.'
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She went on to add: 'You must be thrilled about the record turn-out to your race, and the positive response to this year's new features. I'm tempted to sign up for the next one myself!'
The next race in the club series is the Jolly Jaguars 10K at Scottow Enterprise Park on Sunday, September 24, at 10am. Runners of all abilities are welcomed and club 'pacers' will be on hand to help those who wish to target particular times. Medals are awarded to all finishers including any youngsters who take part in the free 2K Fun-Run for children before the main race.
For more details and an entry form, visit www.coltishalljaguars.co.uk