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HaverSports and Abbeycroft Leisure celebrate 2016 partnership raising over £2,400 for hospice

Abbeycroft Leisure and HaverSports celebrated raising over £2,400 for local charity St Nicholas Hospice Care after a year which saw more than 600 people compete in sport in west Suffolk.

The established leisure provider partnered with the aspiring events organising group to deliver the Haverhill Festival of Running in April, the third year for the half marathon and 10 kilometre runs in the town, along with the town’s first marathon.

The Abbeycroft Leisure Triathlon Festivals were held in Bury St Edmunds in June and again in Mildenhall in August, with successful inaugural events bringing both established athletes and novices into multisport.

All of these events were held to raise money for the hospice, and in 2016 managed to raise £2,481 for the charity.

Abbeycroft Leisure Health and Physical Activity Development Manager Matt Hickey said: “As we continue to grow our health and leisure offer across Suffolk this was an opportunity to expand into offering more events with which to engage the community.”

“It’s been great to see such numbers taking part in multisport at our facilities, with athletes of all ages and abilities helping us to raise a fantastic sum for a very worthy cause.”

Jack Tappin, HaverSports director, added: “It’s been a great year to grow and deliver more events, and our partnership with Abbeycroft Leisure has enabled us to realise this shared vision of seeing people competing in west Suffolk.

“I want to thank Abbeycroft Leisure and all our sponsors, and also all our marshals and wonderful athletes, and we look forward to contributing to triathlon being one of Britain’s fastest-growing sports with bigger and better events again next year.”

St Nicholas Hospice Care community fund raiser George Chilvers said: “Our services support people all across west Suffolk and beyond, and it costs £11,000 a day to continue to offer this service.

“All the support we receive is hugely appreciate, and we want to thank HaverSports, Abbeycroft Leisure, and all their sponsors, supporters and athletes who have contributed to their fund raising for us this year. We look forward to working with them further in 2017.”

Eight-year-old Isabel, from Bury St Edmunds, won her category in the junior aquathlons at the triathlon festivals in Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill, while her father Pip Moore finished second and her mother Helen Samuel was the first women to cross the finish line at the sprint triathlon in Mildenhall. 

“It’s great to be able to compete locally and to see triathlon spreading across west Suffolk, particularly offering youngsters such as Isabel the opportunity to take part in the sport from an early age,” said Pip, 45. “I look forward to returning to compete in further HaverSports races in 2017!”

Entries are currently open for the Haverhill Running Festival in 2017 – you can enter by clicking here