Runners raise money for Bury St Edmunds rehab centre Focus 12 at inaugural race

The start of the RecoverRace half marathon, which was in aid of Bury St Edmunds charity Focus 12. Pi

The start of the RecoverRace half marathon, which was in aid of Bury St Edmunds charity Focus 12. Picture: ADRIAN GLADWIN - Credit: Archant

Around 300 competitors donned their running shoes to raise money for a Bury St Edmunds-based rehabilitation charity at the inaugural RecoverRace.

Hosted by the Highwaymans bed and breakfast in Risby, near Bury St Edmunds, the new Haversports event saw runners compete in a half marathon, 12k and fun run on Sunday, July 30, for the drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre Focus 12.

In total, 126 runners completed the half marathon, 136 finished the 12k and 24 took on the fun run.

Tony Bacon won the Focus half marathon with a time of one hour 20 minutes 28 seconds, with first lady Odette Robinson finishing in 1.23.51.

Kyle Norris won the Focus 12k in 48 minutes, with Nicky Chapman the first woman home in 58.02.

In the Focus 1.2-mile family fun run, Jake Hayward was the first boy across the line in seven minutes 11 seconds, with the leading girl Poppy Hudson in 10.14.

Jack Tappin, Haversports director, said: “It was great to see runners turning out for this new event in these picturesque surroundings, and the feedback we’ve had has been really positive.

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“Hopefully we can bring RecoverRace back in 2018 and deliver and bigger and better event again.

Tony Kimber, chief executive officer of Focus 12, said: “We provide abstinence-based, residential treatment for clients with addictions to alcohol or drugs.

“We receive no Government funding so events like this are hugely important to us, without the support and donations of the caring public we wouldn’t be able to help so many clients and their families.

“Addiction is an indiscriminate illness, that destroys the client and their family and we regularly see the benefits of community based, residential treatment and how it saves lives.”

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