We received the following letter from lifetime member John Hattersley about the history of the Regent's Park 10K. Thanks to all the Chasers involved in establishing this race series which has meant so much to the club.
"Highgate Harriers started the RP10K. Two of their old campaigners turned out on the first Sunday each winter month, in all weathers, and put on the race for around 20 or 30 people max, most of them from Highgate Harriers, with some runners from Mornington Chasers, Muswell Hill Runners (now London Heathside) and Serpentine. The cost was 50p. There was no signage and you had to know the route or just follow the runner in front. Maurice Rayner was not even a member of the Club at that time.
"The old campaigners were getting fed up of the ongoing commitment. John Hattersley (me) and Robert King became aware of this, and we offered to take over the race series. We saw it as a way of bringing new runners into the Club, and a possible source of new finance. The old campaigners agreed, and the deal was done.
"We put up the cost to £1 (at a time when races cost around £5/£6, so still a bargain). Martin McGuinness, an accomplished carpenter by trade, created impressive new signage including a huge notice board. After a few months, the decision was made to advertise the race in the then running magazines, and the race took off. John Pratt negotiated our arrangements with the Royal Parks and a runner limit was set for the race (which I believe was sometimes exceeded, as the Club was always welcoming). Gary Meakins was another Chaser who helped with organisation.
"We soon had numbers in excess of 300 every month. Flushed with our success, we put up the price to £2, but still the numbers grew.
"In the early days, on a typical race day, runners would just turn up and pay cash. The Hub did not exist at the time, so runners changed in cars or behind bushes. Privacy didn't seem that important....we were all runners....that was the spirit of the time.
"Robbie King, Gary Meakins and myself would collect the money as the runners arrived. Martin would put out the signage. Just before the race started, I would run to my parked car with a bag full of cash, and I would hide it under the seat hoping no one saw me. I then ran back as I was also running and did not want to miss the start. Robbie King would often start the race, and then would join in as he also wanted to run. The cash was deposited into our then Post Office account on the following Monday morning.
"That was how it started. Later we became much more professional in our approach. Maurice Rayner arrived, we started taking entries online, and the Hub was built."
Laurie Boult is running the London Marathon to help lonely older people. http://www.justgiving.com/boultyruns
Viola is running the Brighton Marathon to help the fight against bile duct cancer in memory of Daniela. https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/viola-fuckbileductcancer
Juliette Westbrook is running the Manchester Marathon (her first marathon) for Cancer Research UK.
Carmen is raising money for Dogs on the Street by running the Victoria Park Half Marathon. https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/carmenshalfmarathonfordogsonthestreet
Chloe Bazlen is running the Edinburgh Marathon (her first marathon) for Alzheimer's Society in memory of her grandma, Helen Ranstrom, who passed away from Alzheimer's in November. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/chloe-bazlen1
Stephen West is raising money for The British Heart Foundation, you can sponsor him using this link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/stealthness
Sarah Funderburk is running London Marathon in aid of The TLC Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors.
Matt Brand is running in memory of his Uncle Jeff who passed away last yearhttps://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mattbrand2020
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Here's whats happening over the next few weeks other than our usual Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday runs. You can find our full calendar on the website.
|Sun 5 Apr 2020||Paddock Wood Half Marathon||Road||Sign up for transport (1 of 43 left)|
|Tue 7 Apr 2020||Monthly Chasers Pub Night @ Tapping The Admiral||Social|
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|Hampstead Heath||Chloe Bazlen 30:09, 263 [48.98%]|
|HM||David Thorne 96:22 (96:17), 102 (39) [65.95%]|
|HM||Myles Preston 77:48 (77:48), 2 [75.24%]|
|Danielle Smreczak 2:15:02 (2:13:53), 625 (62) [50.72%]|
|10K||Patrick Kyle 38:02 (38:00), 4 [70.92%] NEW PB|
|Jonathan Thomson 39:33 (39:31), 10 [69.63%]|
|Nikolas Stephan 42:44 (42:41), 42 [62.98%]|
|James Murphy 43:23 (43:16), 50 [61.75%] NEW PB|
|Emily Morgan 45:26 (45:18), 70 [66.96%] NEW PB|
|Emily Wright 47:34 (47:20), 89 [64.37%] NEW PB|
|Nick Johnson 49:03 (48:45), 110 (23) [57.74%] NEW PB|
|Andy Hickson 49:26 (49:07), 118 (13) [65.56%]|
|Mary Kyle 53:42 (53:18), 177 (2) [70.14%]|
|Paul Matthews 54:52 (54:40), 201 (1) [73.54%]|
|stephen west 55:43 (55:19), 211 (36) [52.12%]|
|Philip West 59:31 (58:48), 260 (10) [60.20%]|
|Nicky Chorley 63:20 (62:38), 305 [43.05%] NEW PB|
|Meryl Walker 81:06 (79:49), 386 (17) [46.84%]|
|Ally Pally||Mike Hurford 19:40, 8 (1) [81.19%]|
|Beckton||Fiona Carr 23:31, 8 (1) [62.86%]|
|Cambridge||Kate Howe 31:49, 240 [50.29%]|
|Canons Park||Meryl Walker 38:46, 133 [46.13%]|
|Finsbury Park||Ronan Hoare 18:05, 8 [73.36%]|
|Patrick Kyle 18:06, 9 (1) [72.38%]|
|Mary Kyle 25:43, 291 (1) [69.54%]|
|Fulham Palace||Lizzy Muggeridge 31:04, 503 [50.59%]|
|Hampstead Heath||John Armstrong 20:14, 16 (1) [71.25%]|
|Daniel Berry 20:52, 25 (1) [74.68%]|
|Alex Renton 23:26, 63 [59.32%]|
|Emily Morgan 24:16, 88 [60.85%]|
|rebecca taylor 25:15, 121 (1) [62.24%]|
|Abdul Salam 26:03, 147 [54.13%]|
|Alice Sullivan 28:10, 193 [56.27%]|
|Highbury Fields||David Renton 22:50, 81 [63.14%]|
|Luton Wardown||David Nelson 23:20, 42 [57.14%]|
|Peckham Rye||Naomi Crowther 22:48, 65 [65.64%]|
|Pontefract||Danielle Smreczak 22:49, 33 [66.84%]|
|Portobello||Carl Heron 19:56, 19 (1) [78.85%]|
|Tooting Common||Simon Fuller 28:26, 313 [53.11%]|
|Valentines||Paul Matthews 26:04, 95 (1) [74.55%]|
|MarMT||Marc Cohen 2:58:45 (2:58:44), 5 (1) [70.74%]|
|20M||Fiona Carr 3:03:39 (3:03:01), 256 NEW PB|
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