We have become inured to high fees for some major events so it is somewhat refreshing to hear about a free race that is part of the build-up to the award winning Ealing Half Marathon. The main event on Sunday, 24 September will be preceded by the Andrew Carter Memorial Mile on Saturday, 2 September, with entry fees waived to maximise charitable donations.
This special mile race was set up in tribute to Andrew Carter who collapsed following a cardiac arrest, aged just 33, as he completed Ealing Half Marathon in 2014. He passed away peacefully a few days later. As a fit and healthy young man who loved all sports, Andrew’s family are keen to support registered charity, Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), in order that testing can identify those at risk and allow further research into cardiac conditions of young people who appear fit and healthy.
The Andrew Carter Memorial Mile
is open to runners and walkers of all ages and abilities wishing to complete the one-lap mile around Lammas Park. Whether to attempt a PB on the fast course or to enjoy a Saturday morning stroll with friends it is a great opportunity for the community to come together in support of this fantastic cause.
As the local representative for CRY UK, the Tom Clabburn Fund, has raised more than £150,000 for CRY since 2008, enabling more young people to benefit from heart screenings, supporting CRY’s research programme and the purchase of an echocardiogram for the charity.
Andrew’s father, Colin Carter said: “A big thank you to all who will be running the memorial mile in tribute to our amazing son Andrew. Your generous donations will help CRY Charity to fund research and testing of young people for potential cardiac conditions.”
Entries for the 6th Ealing Half Marathon are also still open. The entry fee is £40/£42 and full details are available via runABC race listings