News Charitable Donations from the Thanet 20 Miler Charitable Donations from the Thanet 20 Miler


Report by John Dickerson
2018-07-23 20:22:47

Charitable Donations from the Thanet 20 Miler

Thanet Roadrunners Athletics Club stage a number of races each year, and part of the tradition is that £1.00 from each ENTRY fee is donated to a local charity, normally chosen by the race director.  This year’s Thanet 20 Mile Race was scheduled to be held on 4th March, but at the time the whole of the country was in the grip of 'The Beast From The East', and unfortunately the event had to be cancelled due to the severe weather causing safety concerns. The entrants were given a choice of a refund, deferring to next year’s race or donating the entrance fee to our chosen charities. 

Once all of the replies had been received and calculated, Thanet Roadrunners were able to make a couple of donations to local charities and good causes.

£300.00 was donated to Margate Junior parkrun to kick start their AED fund. The Junior Parkrun is weekly 2KM run for children between 4 &14 years old, and takes place every Sunday morning at 0900hrs in Hatrsdown Park, close to Margate swimming pool. There are Junior Parkrun's which take place nationally every week, which encourages children and their parents to take healthy exercise and socialise with others. For further information see The parents of some of the Parkrunners are volunteering to help at Thanet Roadrunners Kent Coastal Marathon in September as a token of appreciation for the donation.

The second donation and our chosen charity for this year is “Open Christmas”, an interdenominational event which sees Cliftonville Community Centre opened for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and 27th December to host lunch for people who, for whatever reason find themselves alone, homeless or dealing with other problems over the Christmas period. This is a really worthwhile venture and Adrian Smith, Thanet Roadrunners race director for the Thanet 20,  was pleased to be able to present Nick Ratcliffe with a cheque for £500.00 to boost this year’s fund. More information about how you can help or donate can be found on the website The website currently shows last year’s dates but this will be updated in the near future once details are finalised for this year’s event.


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