Published Monday 11th May 2015

Donations are still being collected by the Hospice but we hope we are on target to raise at least £50,000.

Among those taking part was 23-year-old Jade Marsh who wants to complete 15 running events this year. She was also sponsored by a friend to run the 13-mile course in a Wonder Woman costume.

The fundraiser has already collected more than £6,000 in memory of her dad, Dylan Toney, who died at St Michael’s in 2013, 11 months after being diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease (MND).

She said: ‘The Hereford Half Marathon has been my favourite half marathon yet. I had amazing support from family, friends, colleagues, marshals, and other runners. I would like to say a massive thank you to every single person who cheered me on, especially my wonderful mum and grandma. It was lovely to see so many people I know en route, all of whom have contributed to my charity work and helped me to support St Michael’s Hospice and the MND Association.’

The half marathon was won in a time of 1:15:58 by Stefan Simms from the Micky Morris Racing Team, with Deborah Thomas of Trentham Running Club finishing as the fastest woman with a time of 1:27:31.

The 10K was won in a time of 33.20 by Chris Hayward, beating the course record he set last year by two seconds.

Claire Bunce, from Red Rose Road Runners, finished as the fastest female in a time of 42.12.

The annual half marathon event has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for the hospice since it first took place in 1983.

The entry fees and sponsorship money help St Michael’s continue to provide care services free of charge to the community as well as covering the £4.6million needed every year to run the hospice.

Matt Ashcroft, Events Manager at St Michael’s Hospice, said, ‘The event has been a considerable success, raising over £??,000 for St Michael’s Hospice, even before the collection of sponsorship. It was also great to see people of all ages taking part in the three events. St Michael’s would like to thank everyone who helped make the day possible. Especially event sponsors Western Power Distribution; Cotswold Hereford, for supplying BMW cars which were driven at the lead and rear of the road race; and all the fantastic volunteers who turned out to help organise the day without whom the event could not happen.

For information about future St Michael’s Hospice events, including The Paint Runner which takes place on Saturday June 13th, 2015, please contact the Events Team at St Michael’s Hospice on 01432 851000.