Runners get a great impression as Rory Bremner hands out the prizes

By Jamie Hill - 17 September 2019

Clubs & ActivitiesFitness

Runners in the annual Hackpen Hill 10K charity challenge were left with an excellent impression on Sunday 15 September when comedian Rory Bremner fired the starting gun and handed out the prizes.

  • Winners of the Hackpen 10K race on Sunday sponsored by Richard James Estate Agents. L to R Fiona Gordon (ladies’ race winner), Courtenay Chessell (men’s winner), comedian and impressionist Rory Bremner and James Hussey from James Hussey Farm.

    Winners of the Hackpen 10K race on Sunday sponsored by Richard James Estate Agents. L to R Fiona Gordon (ladies’ race winner), Courtenay Chessell (men’s winner), comedian and impressionist Rory Bremner and James Hussey from James Hussey Farm.

Rory agreed to present the prizes after his electrician Paul Bailey asked him a favour. Wroughton-based Paul is a keen runner and organises the Hackpen Hill 10K with James Hussey of Weir Farm, Broad Hinton, who founded it in memory of his wife, Gill, who sadly died of cancer in 2014.

At Gill’s memorial service James asked her oncologist the best way to help other women who were going through what Gill went through. The specialist recommended the Brighter Futures appeal which was originally established to build a radiotherapy centre in Swindon.

The medals are sponsored by Richard James Estate Agent’s Wroughton office. Office manager Ross Sutton has bought and sold all Paul’s houses and was eventually persuaded by Paul to try running.

“After Ross sold the last house for me, I challenged him to come out with me for a run,” said Paul, who is a member of the Wroughton Whippets running club.

“He’s never looked back, and when he heard I was looking for sponsors for the medals and trophies for the Hackpen Hill 10K, he said the Wroughton office of Richard James would happily sponsor this great cause.”

Ross Sutton said he was delighted that Richard James Estate Agents could help.

“We are very close to our community and a lot of clients end up becoming our friends, so when I got the chance to help a friend out and support such a brilliant appeal at the same time, I jumped at it,” said Ross.

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