Video: Hundreds join Race with Rowan

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HUNDREDS of runners gave up their Sunday morning to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

More than 300 people took part in the Race with Rowan event in Portsmouth yesterday.

The 'Race with Rowan'- 64 runners from Ditcham Park School ''''Picture:  Malcolm Wells

The 'Race with Rowan'- 64 runners from Ditcham Park School ''''Picture: Malcolm Wells

And by the time of the starting gun, the caring fundraisers had collected more than £11,5000 for the The Rowans Hospice, a Purbrook hospice that provides specialist palliative care.

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

She said: ‘We’re amazed to have more than 300 people taking part in this race today.

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

Two races – one 5km and one 10km – race left from Portsmouth Watersports Centre, in Eastern Road, at 10am.

People of all ages took part, including five-year-old Charlotte Barber who ran 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.’

Also running 5km was five-year-old Clara Osgood with her dad Mark, 43, from Denmead.

Speaking at the race, Mark said: ‘It’s good fun. I’m glad the sun’s out.’

Social worker Neil Purvis, from Horndean, ran the 10km.

He said: ‘It’s a good cause. It is one of the best local charities as I often hear about people that have been there.’