On Sunday 8th June friends and family got together to run a 10k course in memory of Phil Standing. 98 runners took part and they raised a wonderful £14,000 for CRY.
What a truly tremendous effort and a fitting Memorial to Phil Standing. I wish to thank Nick Karelis for organising the event along with a team of Phil’s colleagues from Ernst & Young and Lloyds Banking Group. But the outstanding effort made by the 98 runners was so uplifting.
The 10k course, (which was probably 11k!) took in some of the toughest hills of the Surrey North Downs. It was not easy. The runners all had a special connection with Phil and it showed. Kate, Phil’s widow crossed the line with a smile, her training had paid off and their two year old sons, Oliver and Ben cheered. Phil’s friends from Southampton kept up with the usual banter. Family members including Uncle Des and Keith represented the mid 60 year olds, gritted their teeth and crossed the line with good times.
Many of Phil and Kate’s friends from University days, from Caterham and from London took part. Some travelled from as far as Dubai and Singapore. One of the most moving runners was Phil’s sister, Ruth, who ran alone in Brisbane, Australia, leaving at the same time as the other runners which for her was 8 p.m. in the dark and unusually wet evening.
The Harrow Pub provided the much needed seating and refreshments, and many others gathered to celebrate and remember Phil. There was even a most delicious cake provided by a member of the team.
The efforts of these most determined runners raised well over £14,000 for CRY.