Groups join forces to raise cash

By Richard Wright

Published on Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 10:11


Groups join forces to raise cash

Eileen Monks of the Isle of Wight Youth Trust.

ONE of the longest-running athletics clubs in the UK and an Isle of Wight charity are hoping for runaway success from a dual event.

Ryde Harriers are supporting the IW Youth Trust by inviting runners entering the Isle of Wight Half Marathon to raise money for the charity.

The harriers are also hosting a 5k fun run for the over-14s on the same day.

Both events take place on Sunday, August 17, at Ryde’s Appley Park.

The fun run costs £10 to enter, with £8 going to the trust. In addition, runners are encouraged to raise sponsorship for the charity.

Ryde Harriers’ race secretary Chris Lewis said: "Both the trust and the half marathon are 30 this year — so it seemed an obvious fit.

"The 5k fun run is a first for us but we are really pleased to be supporting this worthwhile charity.

"We hope this event will grow and encourage people into running."

Trust director Eileen Monks said: "We are overwhelmed by the community support we receive. We are reliant on this support to continue our work with the Island’s young people."

The trust has been supporting Island children and young people for almost 30 years.

In the past year, it provided 2,395 face-to-face counselling sessions.

Eileen Monks can be contacted on 01983 529569 or


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