Sixteen people, distinct in their red R.A.B.I running shirts, joined an estimated 13,300 others for a race around London’s famous landmarks for the British 10k London Run.
Volunteers travelled from as far as Montgomeryshire, Ceredigion and Northamptonshire to take part in the race – the 14th consecutive and final year that R.A.B.I has entered a team in the event.
Much of the route was used for both men’s and women’s Olympic marathons in 2012 and took runners past some of London’s most iconic landmarks including Trafalgar Square and St Paul’s Cathedral.
Running for the 11th time for R.A.B.I this year were Alan Read and Virginia Stollery, chairman of R.A.B.I’s Buckinghamshire committee, and R.A.B.I supporter Charles Behrens.
Alan’s daughter, Amy Read, ran the race for the 9th time and was R.A.B.I’s fastest runner, completing the race in 45 minutes and 48 seconds beating her father and brother, Colin who both crossed the line after 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Other R.A.B.I runners included Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW) general administration and facilities manager, Peter Davies, mother and daughter Ann and Sarah Robinson from the Montgomery committee, father and son Brian Gregory and Oliver Pierce-Gregory from the Buckinghamshire committee, husband and wife team Frances and Nick McCaffrey, Emily Cochrane, Carole Whitfield, NFU Mutual Warwickshire’s Tom Murray and British 10K London Run regular Nigel Mead.
R.A.B.I chief executive Paul Burrows, also a British 10K London Run veteran said: “Some of our entrants travelled a long way to take part in this, R.A.B.I.’s final year of entering the 10k event, and we very much appreciate it. Our volunteers and supporters have always gone the extra mile to support farming families – and this is an example of their dedication.”
Last year’s race raised some £6,000 for R.A.B.I and as the British 10k is the only mass-participation charity road race, nearly all of the money raised goes to the cause runners choose to support.