It was going to take more than some bad weather to dampen spirits at the RBC Race for The Kids in Jersey on Sunday 29 September.
More than 1,200 people registered to take part in the 2.5KM and 5KM fun runs, an increase of over 70% from last year’s inaugural event, with all fundraising going to Mind Jersey’s ‘Youthful Minds’ initiative. RBC Ambassador and local hero Ollie Turner, and Commonwealth gold medallist Jodie Stimpson led the runners through their warm-up and were then joined by other Super League athletes including Georgie Taylor-Brown, Igor Polyanskiy, Matthew Hauser and Matthew Sharpe who came out to cheer on the racers and take part in the event themselves.
David Bailey, Chief Operating Officer at RBC Wealth Management in Jersey said of the event: “We were delighted to see such a fantastic turnout for this year’s Race. The Jersey community has been incredibly supportive of the event, which brings people together while raising funds for a cause which strongly aligns with RBC’s global commitment to supporting young people. Youthful Minds aims to change public attitudes and reduce stigma surrounding mental health, and we are very proud to have partnered with them.”
When asked about the importance of Super League partnering with community-focused events such as the RBC Race for the Kids, Michael Dhulst, CEO of Super League Triathlon said: “It’s part of our DNA that we want to inspire people and that is why Super League is here. Working hand in hand with RBC to make Race for the Kids part of this weekend in Jersey is very important and has the added benefit that we can do something great for charity.”
RBC mascot, Leo the Lion, was ready at the end of the race to greet the finishers with a congratulatory high five, and all the children who took part were given their very own miniature Leo to take home as a reminder of their fantastic effort.