Tooting Bec hosts charity fun run to raise money for Wandsworth’s young people


The money was raised for the mayor’s charity appeal.


By Aicha Zaa

Over 100 youths put on their leggings and laced up their running shoes on Sunday to raise money for the mayor’s charity appeal, which is supporting Wandsworth’s young people.

Tooting Bec Athletics Track hosted the charity event, accomodating 130 youths who donated a £1 for each mile they ran after choosing whether to complete a one or three mile fun run.

Mayor of Wandsworth, Councillor Angela Graham, said: “It was a fantastic day and an absolute pleasure to see so many young people giving it a go, having fun and raising more than £200 for charity.

“I’d like to thank everyone for taking part and for raising money for such a good cause – and I hope the event helped inspire the young people to continue leading active and healthy lives.”

Every aspiring Mo Farah that participated in the fun run was given a certificate and goody bag as a gift for good sportsmanship and the money raised.

Alongside the fun runs, Herne Hill Harriers Athletics Club ran free athletics taster sessions for young people to get the community up, exercising and having fun.

During the summer, an extra £150,000 was invested in improving and maintaining the running track on the common while field athletes benefitted from upgrades to the long jump, pole vault, hammer and discus facilities.

With support from Sport England and London Marathon Trust, Wandsworth Council has made many improvements to the site in recent years, including the refurbishment of the gym and changing rooms and the creation of a dance/workout studio.

To find out about future events, or to learn more about activity sessions on offer for all ages and abilities, visit

Photo courtsey of Wandswoth Council, with thanks.

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