31st March 2015
Crowds cheer on runners in Streets Ahead half marathon
The Streets Ahead Croydon Half-Marathon was an outstanding success as crowds turned out on Sunday to cheer on a strong field of runners and raise over £5,000 for charity.
Spectators enjoyed family entertainment and activities as well as a barbecue laid on by Streets Ahead Estate Agents, who were sponsoring the event for the fifth year running.
Winner Sergiu Gaiduc of Dartford Harriers (centre) with second placed Daniel Gaffney of Ewell & Epsom Harriers (left) and third placed Abdi Madar.
“Over £5,000 was successfully raised from the race and the family fun day with all proceeds going to the Streets Ahead Foundation set up to help local charities and worthy causes throughout Croydon and the surrounding boroughs,” said Streets Ahead director Gary O’Hare.
Sandilands Sports and Social Club and Striders of Croydon, who organised the event, will also benefit from the funds raised.Dartford Harrier Sergiu Gaiduc came in first over the two lap UKA Certified Half-Marathon course with a time of 1.13.12, ahead of Epsom and Ewell Harrier Daniel Gaffney with a time of 1.14.08.
Bill Makuwa, who runs for the organisers Striders of Croydon, finished in a creditable sixth place with a time of 1.19.20. The first female runner to finish was Phyllis Flynn in 1.33.00.
There were goody bags and medals for all finishers, plus prizes for individual men and women and individual male and female veterans, as well as team prizes.
A team from Streets Ahead took part in the race, which started and finished at Strider’s Sandilands Club, to mark the estate agency’s 25th year in business.
Streets Ahead Managing Director Bob Hay said: “We were hugely proud to sponsor the marathon for the fifth year.
“It was a fantastic Croydon event and a great fun day, helping to raise money for the Streets Ahead Estate Agents Foundation and in turn, local Croydon charities.”
All proceeds raised from the event will go to the Streets Ahead Estate Agents Foundation. Any local charity or cause or event who would like help from the Foundation should contact firstname.lastname@example.org