Running for the 11th time for R.A.B.I this year were Alan Read and Virginia Stollery from the charity’s Buckinghamshire committee and Charles Behrens director of Thame Farmers Mart, who 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 and Northamptonshire to take part in the capital’s race – the 14th consecutive and final year that R.A.B.I has entered a team in the event.
Alan’s daughter, Amy Read who lives in Aylesbury, 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. The Bucks committee were also represented by Nigel Mead, Brian Gregory and his son Oliver Pierce-Gregory, and Emily Cochrane.
R.A.B.I regional manager for South Central, Jenni Thompson said: “Nine of the sixteen-strong R.A.B.I team for the 10k were from the Buckinghamshire committee and are regulars at this event, their commitment to helping farming people through their fundraising activities is to be commended”.
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 almost £6,000 for the charity. R.A.B.I is a grant-making charity which helps farming people of all ages if they are in financial difficulty; it gave out grants totalling nearly £18,500 to farming families and individuals in Buckinghamshire in 2014.