This year is the 35th Anniversary of the Abbots Langley Tough Ten Race. It is a special year in the race’s history but sadly without the presence and support of our friend and one-time participant, Graham Taylor.
In agreement with Graham’s family, the race will be renamed The Abbots Langley Graham Taylor Tough Ten for this year’s race, as tribute to the contribution he made to the event over many years. He enthusiastically supported the whole morning, setting the runners on their way, awarding medals on the finish line and presenting trophies at the end of the morning, and runners and spectators were all afforded time for a chat or photo opportunity.We are hoping for similar support from local residents to make this a really special event, and will be looking for marshalls, volunteers on the day and any sponsorship offers. We are already grateful for the support of longtime main sponsor M.K.Ginder & Sons, as well as assistance from My News.
The Tough Ten became a Registered Charity in 2015 and are registered with Just Giving for donations. The Trustees hope that this will be a truly record year and anybody raising over £100 in sponsorship fees for the charity will receive a full refund of their entry fees. All monies received are distributed to local deserving causes including youth and sports groups, individuals requiring special assistance or equipment. Funds raised by schools and youth teams are split 50/50 between the Tough Ten and the team and is an easy way for monies to be raised as the Trustees do all the leg work and the teams only have to collect the money!
Entries are already open. Commemorative medals will be awarded to 10K and 5K runners and early registration is advised to guarantee a place and appropriate medal.
Graham was a great believer in the community working together on projects such as the Tough Ten and a Graham Taylor Community Cup will be awarded at the annual presentation evening to the school/team/group showing the most community effort.
We will miss him.