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Guildford’s favourite road run has so far raised over £1,000 for Lucy Air Ambulance for Children – to help fund air transfers for critically ill children.

Runners of the sell-out Hogs Back Road Race, which will be held on Sunday 10th December, have donated £1,050 so far to the cause.

The event challenges participants to run a 11.7km route following a professional pacing team along a fully-marked and measured route from the Loseley House estate, up along the Hogs Back to enjoy views over the Surrey Hills, and back down through Compton.

In its 57th year, the event organised by aat events on behalf of Guildford and Godalming Athletic Club has sold out with 1,200 participants signed up to take part.

All runners receive a cheeky pig medal and complimentary refreshments, and can treat themselves to award-winning Giggly Pig sausage baps, hot drinks from Cafe2U, sports massage by Guildford Sports Clinic, and Hogs Back Road Race “buffs” – proceeds of which go to GGAC. Sponsors Wilkins Kennedy are setting up a jelly baby station on route and Hogs Back Brewery and Fitstuff are providing very welcome prizes to the first few finishers.

The Hogs Back Road Race is proudly affiliated with UKA, and holds the British Association of Road Races (BARR) Gold Award for outstanding race management. The event placed 2nd (to the Mercer Surrey Half Marathon) in the racecheck awards for “The UK’s Best Road Run”.

Becky Hadley, Race Director, says: We’re honoured to be managing this historic running event for Guildford & Godalming AC. It’s great the runners have been so supportive of Lucy Air Ambulance for Children – it’s a fantastic cause.”

The money raised for Lucy Air Ambulance for Children will be able to pay for a specialist doctor to look after a child during an air transfer to the hospital they need. Having expert medical staff on board is essential to keeping the children safe and supported.

Steve Lane, Lucy’s CEO, said: “We are thrilled to be charity partners with the Hogs Back Road Race and to be associated with such an established event in Guildford. I would like to personally thank all the runners who generously donated to our charity. Their donations give hope to so many parents who find themselves in unexpected and uncertain situations.”

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