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26 Jul 2018 Community

Sponsors Hit the Trail for Kirkwood Hospice

Sponsors of the 2018 Trail Run urge supporters to dust off their running shoes for Kirkwood Hospice.

With just over a month to go until Kirkwood’s biggest sporting event of the year, sponsors Pink Link, Longley Farm and event founder, John Philpott, urge keen runners to sign up today in support of the Hospice.

The event, which will be held on Sunday 2nd September at Leeds Road Playing Fields, is growing year on year and in 2017 saw its biggest turnout to date.

Left to right: Nicola Barber, Vicki Davenport, Pinky Lynx, Ian Broadbent and John Philpott


Whether looking to beat that personal best, take on your first ever sponsored run or remember a loved one, the 5 or 10k Trail Run is the perfect event for the whole family to enjoy.

Last year was a record-breaker as 372 runners took to the trail in Kirkwood’s 30th Anniversary year, and helped top the total to over £50,000.

Sponsoring the event since its inception in 2012 is The Pink Link and former Kirkwood Hospice Trustee, John Philpott, who set up the event in memory of his late wife, Joanne.

John with his late wife, Joanne Philpott


They are hoping 2018 will be the biggest year yet.

John said: “Joanne died on the 3rd September 2010 after a short illness of brain cancer. We were all left in a void and empty.

“I wanted to do something to remember her and started to raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research, as my thinking was to find a cure for the illness that robbed us of her.

“I thought about naming the run after her but in the end, with help of Dene Townend, developed the course and chose to raise money for Kirkwood Hospice and call the run the Kirkwood Hospice 10k Trail Run.

“Kirkwood helped me after Joanne’s death with counselling and the same with some of my children. Joanne never wanted to go into the Hospice as she wanted to be at home when she died and Kirkwood facilitated this providing all the necessary equipment.

“I am thrilled that the race has raised over £50,000 in the previous six years and continues to be such a lasting success. It gives my family and close friends a reason to do something in her memory.”

Trail Run sponsors Hit the Trail


At a recent photo opportunity, Vicki from sponsors Pink Link said: “The Pink Link have been supporting the Trail Run since the beginning as Joanne was my best friend for 35 years.

“When John suggested doing an annual race in Joanne’s memory, I thought it was a wonderful way for all family and friends to get together as well as raising money for a fabulous charity.

“It is a very emotional day and I know Joanne would be very proud of John and all of the family for achieving so much in her memory.

“She was such a beautiful person inside and out, so caring and gentle but also had a great sense of humour. We all miss her so very much.”

“I am thrilled that the race has raised over £50,000 in the previous six years and continues to be such a lasting success. It gives my family and close friends a reason to do something in Joanne's memory.” John Philpott

A brand new supporter for 2018 is Longley Farm who decided to get on board to back a local charity close to their hearts.

“At Longley Farm, we are very excited to be sponsoring the Trail Run for 2018 as it gives us an opportunity to support the great work that Kirkwood Hospice is doing across Kirklees.

“It’s a cause close to the hearts of many at Longley Farm, and we know what a vital source of support the Hospice provides to local families.”

Kirkwood Hospice would also like to thank Kirklees Active Leisure, Leeds Road Playing Fields, who have supported the Trail Run since the beginning. The event wouldn’t be as successful as it is without their support.

To sign up today for Kirkwood’s Trail Run and race your way to glory, click here or call the Fundraising Team on: 01484 557911

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