Runners set off in aid of Rowans Hospice

Runners from Ditcham Park School at the start of the Race With Rowan event at Portsmouth Watersports Centre, in Eastern Road, Portsmouth on March 1, 2015.
Runners from Ditcham Park School at the start of the Race With Rowan event at Portsmouth Watersports Centre, in Eastern Road, Portsmouth on March 1, 2015.
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HUNDREDS of runners have set off on a race to raise money for charity.

More than 300 people are taking part in the Race with Rowan event in Portsmouth today.

There are two races - one 5km and one 10km - in aid of The Rowans Hospice – a Purbrook hospice which provides specialist palliative care.

Ruth White, the charity’s chief executive, thanked everybody who took part.

She said: ‘We are amazed to have more than 300 people taking part in this race today. Half of them are doing the big race.

‘Without the money we couldn’t run the hospice. So events like this and collectively with other event and all the community fundraising enables us to make the £4.8m a year we need to keep the hospice going.’

People of all ages took part, including five-year-old Charlotte Barber who was running 5km with her great nan 76-year-old Marion Chambers.

Charlotte, from Bedhampton, was one of 64 runners from Ditcham Park School, in Petersfield.

She said: ‘I’m looking forward to getting a medal.’

The race left from Portsmouth Watersports Centre, in Eastern Road, at 10am this morning.

More than £11,500 has already been raised with more money expected to come in when sponsorship is collected.