At an overcast Hoylake this morning, 170 runners took part in a fundraising event in aid of the Paul Lavelle Foundation.
The third annual Paul Lavelle Foundation 10k & 5k took place today, Saturday 26 June, and was organised at short notice as organisers had only just received clearance to go ahead, in line with current COVID-19 recommendations.
There were three races for runners to choose from: a Kids’ Golden Mile that started at 9:15am, and a 5k and 10k that started at 10am. The run took place along the promenade at Hoylake, starting and finishing at the RNLI Lifeboat Station.
One of the organisers, Paul Gladwell, Co-Chairman of the foundation said, “The race brings all the community together creating smiles and great healthy family values that we like to promote in the name of Paul. The charity feels these values are where we need to start in eradicating domestic abuse these values also can have a healthy impact on mental health another issue that we are aiming to help more in the near future.”
Whilst the event was a race, the main point was to take part and raise money for the foundation. Runners pay an entry fee and there are business sponsors who pay for banners at the start/finish line.
The winners in each class were:
- Ben Taylor of Pensby Runners for the men’s 10k in a time of 35m27s
- Kay Nayland for the women’s 10k in a time of 51m06s
- Sam Clarke (pictured below) for the men’s 5k in a time of 20m19s
- Sarah McDonnell for the women’s 5k in a time of 28m09s
- Ben Roe for the Kids’ Golden Mile in a time of 8m18s
About the Paul Lavelle Foundation
After the devastating loss of Paul Lavelle in a domestic abuse incident in 2017, friends and family of Paul came together to create The Paul Lavelle Foundation. The Charity was created to raise awareness of male domestic abuse, support male victims and survivors and provide healthy relationship education as a preventative measure.
The Charity was registered in April 2018 with the intention of raising awareness to male domestic abuse through sports and outdoor activities. Due to the gap in service for support for males experiencing domestic abuse, the response to the Foundation grew considerably. Our office was opened in February 2019 by Barbara Lavelle and Neville Southall, the organisation was established and has grown from strength to strength ever since.
After nearly 2 years of hard work, 2020 saw the start of the delivery of the organisation’s activities. The first Healthy Relationship Education workshops in schools, the community sports and activity groups for physical and mental health and well-being and on the 15th July, the Foundation achieved its ultimate aim by opening the first dedicated frontline support service for male domestic abuse in the area.