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Dame Kelly Holmes Trust Programme help with the Chippenham May Mile

Dame Kelly Holmes TrustCHILDREN of all ages took part in this years May Mile, raising around £1,500 for Youth Action Wiltshire.

Little ones in prams and push chairs even took part in the children's races on Sunday (May 13) at the grounds of Sheldon and Hardenhuish schools in Chippenham, with the event raising almost £10,000 for charity since it started 10 years ago.

This year, the race was supported by the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust and was attended by Paralympic triathlete David Hill and champion inline skater, Rich Parker.

The record for the fastest May Mile was broken this year by 16-year-old Max Davis, who completed his last ever attempt at the race in four minutes and 56 seconds.

Founder, Zoe Rucker, said: "It went really well, it was a fantastic day.

"Everyone was smiling and there were over 500 registered.

"We were supported by athletic mentors David Hill and Rich Parker who were great. But the day was all about the children.

"It was just brilliant. The weather was beautiful and the atmosphere was just electric.

"There were many more families there this year, many more people watching.

"The 100m stretch was just one huge noise. If you were someone running it would have really lifted your spirits, I didn't see one person not care, it was fantastic.

"Hazel Freeman is an amazing little girl with a disability and it was amazing to see her come down the 100m stretch with David Hill it was lovely.

"It was uplifting, there was no discrimination between the runners, they are there to finish and the hardest part for them is actually getting to the start line.

"It is a very happy day that is all about happy, smiling faces.

Thanks have been given to sponsors The Olympiad, The Doodle Studio, Park Lane Practice, Sportingbilly.com, City Dressing, Wiltshire Concrete, and Field Athletics Fest. 

Get on Track is the flagship programme of the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, which trains and develops world class athletes to empower young people facing disadvantage. This enables them to take control of their own futures and contribute positively within their local communities.

This community-based personal, social and emotional development programme started on Tuesday 13 February 2018 and finished on Saturday 12 May. The sessions – run over a 12-week period – helping young people to develop the attitudes and behaviours needed to make long-term positive life choices.

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