PRESS RELEASE: Top local runners take part in Essex 10k

Issue date: 4th October 2017

115 runners and a dog took part in the Essex 10k along the beautiful Chelmer & Blackwater in Essex on Sunday 17th September.

The fastest runner completed the course from Hoe Mill Lock towards Maldon in an impressive 41 minutes. 

This was the first ever 10km run event organised by IWA, a membership charity that works to protect and restore the country's 6,500 miles of canals and rivers.  Nearly £1500 was raised to continue work by IWA’s Essex Waterways, to improve stretches of the Navigation towpath.

Richard Wollaston said "This was my first organised run since I had a knee operation two years ago. I was advised to stop running or face having a new knee, but through the support and encouragement of my personal trainer Laura Higgs, I have been able to stay fit and run today in my target time.  It was a big achievement for me and brilliant day out in the Essex countryside."

IWA Fundraising Officer, Sarah Frayne, who organised the event said: “It was great to hear from the participants about how much they enjoyed the route, particularly along Navigation. Everyone loved the fact that the run took them off the road and they could explore the local countryside. We hope to see lots of returning faces next year!”

The money raised will help Essex Waterways   in their continued efforts to make the towpath better for all users, so that even more people can get out and enjoy the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation. Volunteers from IWA’s Waterway Recovery Group will carry out this work on one of their Canal Camp working holidays in early 2018.

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Photographs
1. Richard Wollaston, Essex 10k
2. Front runners, Essex 10k
Higher resolution versions and alternative images available on request.  

Press Contact
For further information please contact Gemma Bolton, IWA Press Office, The Inland Waterways Association, by emailing gemma.bolton@waterways.org.uk or phoning 01494 783453 ext. 617.

Notes for editors
The Inland Waterways Association
IWA is The Inland Waterways Association, a membership charity that works to protect and restore the country's 6,500 miles of canals and rivers.  IWA is a national organisation with a network of volunteers and branches who deploy their expertise and knowledge to work constructively with navigation authorities, government and other organisations.  The Association also provides practical and technical support to restoration projects through its expert Waterway Recovery Group.  IWA - Keeping our waterways alive. www.waterways.org.uk

Essex Waterways Ltd
Essex Waterways is a subsidiary company of IWA, that manages and maintains the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation.   Essex Waterways Ltd took over the management of the Navigation in 2005, in order to save the waterway from closing.  
http://www.essexwaterways.com

Waterway Recovery Group
IWA's Waterway Recovery Group provides practical and technical support to waterways restoration projects across the country as well as providing skills training for volunteers. www.waterways.org.uk/wrg/

Photographs
1. Richard Wollaston, Essex 10k
2. Front runners, Essex 10k
Higher resolution versions and alternative images available on request.