Over £3500 was raised for the Princess Alice Hospice from the October 2014 and 2015 race and £4600 was raised from the October 2016 race.
On 29/9/14 we presented Tim Green of Princess Alice Hospice with a cheque for £2000, being an interim donation in respect of this year's race.
A Straggler through and through
Message from Tim Green, Community & Events Fundraising Officer for Princess Alice Hospice
I hope you have recovered and your legs weren’t too sore on Sunday afternoon. Roy and his team put on a fantastic event, in memory of Louise Neville, who was a regular runner for Stragglers Running Club and also a patient at Princess Alice Hospice. We were delighted to find out early in 2014 that we had been chosen as the beneficiary charity for the whole event, enabling our supporters to sign up and run for the Hospice.
I just wanted to contact you all today and say a huge thank you following Sunday’s run. It was lovely to see so many familiar faces along the towpath and afterwards whilst you reflected. We have been thrilled with your pictures and stories which have been sent in to us this week – if you haven’t sent them in yet, it’s not too late!
Finally, I hope you enjoyed the run and will look towards your next run or fundraising support for Princess Alice Hospice. Without supporters, going above and beyond for us, we wouldn’t be able to continue offer the high standard of care that we offer to our patients and families.
Once again, on behalf of everyone at Princess Alice Hospice, thank you for being part of Sunday's event and your fundraising efforts.
The History of the Course
The route passes Molesey cricket pitch. This picture is from 1780 — at East Molesey Cricket Club.
The race finishes at Walton Bridge — in Walton-on-Thames.
Hurst Park Race Course, open from 1890 to 1962 — at Hurst Park.
Hurst Meadow (Minor)
First World War Memorial in East Molesey. This is the point the race route transfers from road to towpath. — in East Molesey.
Just after 5 miles, the race passes what used to be Hurst Park Race Course 1890 to 1962. The gates remain today.
The course goes along Hurst Road, hopefully the water won't be quite as deep on race day!
The race finishes at Walton Bridge. This picture shows the first one in 1754.
The race route passes the home of Olympic Silver medalist Sonia O'Sullivan.
Moulsey Hurst at about 7 miles. It is one of England's oldest sporting venues and was used in the 18th and 19th centuries for cricket, prizefighting and other sports.
Molesey Boat Club has been on the towpath since 1866. Over the years, several Olympians have trained there.
The towpath at Molesey, early 20th century.
Towpath at 6 miles
If you look to the right at about half way, you'll be able to see Garrick's Villa and Temple. Photo taken in 1783.
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