On Thursday 21st July, Gary O Leary, Chair of Hertingfordbury Parish Council and Friends of Panshanger Park, organised a charity run in support of Isabel Hospice and Herts Action on Disability. The event saw a huge turnout of over 300 runners at the Tarmac-owned park.
The charity run was supported by local volunteers and the Tarmac park team, who helped host the event and cheered on the committed runners who remained determined in the sweltering weather.
Gary O’Leary, Chair of Hertingfordbury Parish Council, said:
“It was great to see so many new runners in Panshanger Park. It’s a stunning and challenging new course which took in some unopened areas of the Park. The Fun Run included lots of children trying to run 1.75 miles for the first time and they all came back with an excited smile on their faces. It was great to be able to give support to Isabel Hospice and Herts Action on Disability, which recently lost its public funding.”
The five mile route took runners past the impressive Panshanger Oak, Humphrey Repton’s Broadwater, Chisel Shelf Woodlands and the Mimram Valley.
Michael Charlton, Restoration Manager at Panshanger Park, said:
“The run was a fantastic opportunity for those who havetaken part in our weekly parkrun to complete a longer five mile route around the park. It’s wonderful to see so many local people enjoying all that the park has to offer and we’re thrilled to help raise money for such great local charities.
“I received lots of comments on how beautiful the running course was - the only complaints related to the steepness of the hills at the top of the valley.”