runners raise £35 000 for Unicef

Wednesday October 11, 2017

A team of 35 competitors represented Concord at the Royal Parks Half Marathon in London last weekend and have raised around £35,000 for Unicef. The runners, including students, teachers, parents and alumni, were aged between 17 and mid 50’s and for 15 of them it was their first half marathon. Teams of runners from Concord, led by Principal Neil Hawkins, have now raised a total of over £165,000 for Unicef having taken part in four successive Royal Parks Half Marathons. This year some of the team completed the 13.1 mile course in personal best times including the fastest Concord finisher, Mr Matt Rawlinson, who finished in around 1 hour and 30 minutes. Said Mr. Hawkins:  “I would like to thank the whole Concord community which has got behind us and supported the run.  Together we have raised around £35,000 for the work of Unicef. “This is a fantastic achievement which will make a difference to the lives of children in danger around the world. “It is also a sign that the values of international understanding, care and human decency that we stand for here at Concord are alive and well. “I have been very moved by the messages of support we have received as well as by the many alumni, current parents and parents of alumni, who have contributed to this important cause.” Mike Penrose, UK Executive Director of UNICEF, said:  “Once again we are absolutely thrilled to have had the Concord College community taking part in the Royal Parks Half Marathon this year. “Not only has the event brought together a close community of teachers, students, alumni and their family members to take on a challenge for children all over the world, but it is committed supporters like them who enable UNICEF UK to do whatever it takes until every child is safe, and we can’t thank them enough for their support over the years. “We really want to extend our thanks to the Principal, Neil Hawkins, for leading the team and everyone involved for their dedication and fantastic fundraising efforts, which to date has raised over £166,000 for the world’s children.” See more images at the Concord Photo Library - Royal Parks Half Marathon 2017.