We paid a visit to our friends in Cornwall in honour of their annual 5k fundraiser.

United Response is delighted to have joined forces in April this year, with ROC, who have an excellent track record in providing person-centred support to people with learning disabilities in Devon.

ROC have a varied fundraising event programme, one of which is their annual 5K run, which was held earlier this week on a beautiful June summer’s evening at Lemon Quay in Truro. We were invited along to see what it’s all about, and we were more than impressed!

Over 500 runners took part, all with a mixture of abilities, looking fantastic at the start in their bright green ROC t-shirts. They were guided through a short warmup before they set off on the course. It wasn’t long before the first runner came in – just over 17 minutes. Runners were greeted with a Cornish pasty and refreshments at the finish line – the proper Cornish way – shortly followed by the prize giving ceremony.

ROC 5k runners warming up before the race

Gary Richards, Practise Lead from one of our Cornwall services, took part in the race and came 2nd overall. Very impressive! Gary was part of the United Response team of 6 who ran including Jane, Sue, Kim, Henri and Ian.

Sue gearing up for the race and Gary after his 2nd place victory

We had a fantastic evening getting to meet some of the runners and all the lovely volunteers and sponsors that helped make the event happen. Well done to our super 6 and everyone else that took part! We’re already looking forward to next year!