SPOT YOURSELF: Harrogate 10k charity fundraiser

The members of Harrogate’s running club have held their annual event in memory of their late friend and fellow member.

The Harrogate Harriers held the annual town centre 10K in memory of Ken Fozard who died of Bowel Cancer late last year.

The start of the 10k. Pictures: Adrian Murray

The start of the 10k. Pictures: Adrian Murray

Mr Fozard was one of the founding members of the Harrogate Harriers running club and had been a longstanding and well-known club runner.

Dan Simmons, club member said: “He was an outspoken member of the club who always tried to help and suggest improvements and was one of Harrogate’s best athletes of all time in running.”

Mr Fozard ran 40 marathons in his time and had a personal best of two and a half hours.

This year was one the best years for participation in the event with more than 622 runners crossing the finish line in Crescent Gardens.

Mr Simmons said: “The race has been run by the Harriers for many years but this year was the highest participation we have had to my knowledge.”

The route began and finished in Crescent Gardens but also went up past The Swan Hotel, through the Duchy area before coming back down Ripon Road.

The Leeds Athletics Club were hugely successful with four members taking positions in the three top finishing times in both the men’s and women’s competitive races.

Mr Simmons was one of the few Harrogate Harriers that was able to participate in the race whilst others were responsible for manning water stations and taking footage of the race.

He said: I’m very proud to be involved with the Harrogate Harriers and with such a worthy cause. Particular praise should go to our chairman, Tony Essex who organised the whole event.”

A spokesperson for the Harrogate Harriers said: “The weather was perfect and people travelled from a long way to make the race. It was a really good day.”

They added: “The event raises much needed funds to keep the club running, to support our juniors, our club house and subsidises events throughout the year. We have supported a number of charities, including the Yorkshire Air Ambulance last year, but this year we decided to support Bowel Cancer UK because it is a cause that is close to our hearts.”

All donations will go towards the charity Bowel Cancer UK in memory of Ken Fozard.