Fun run raises £9,000 for local charities
A fun run to mark the opening of the new M11 Junction 7A at Harlow has raised £9,000 for local charities.
Supported by Harlow Running and Tri Club, around 500 walkers, joggers and runners took part, with the 5km route providing a unique opportunity to see the new infrastructure up close before it was opened to traffic the following day.
Cllr Eddie Johnson, Chairman of Essex County Council, said: “The new M11 Junction 7A is a critical improvement for the area and the biggest road infrastructure project in the county for a number of years. Despite the challenges of the past two years, I am very pleased we were able to reach a position to open it to traffic ahead of schedule.
“The fun run was a great way of giving local people the opportunity to see the new junction up close. It was brilliant to see not just runners, but people of all ages and abilities walking the route and enjoying the evening, and of course, most importantly, we have been able to raise funds for two fantastic local charities.”
The scheme's lead contractor GRAHAM match-funded the money raised through entry to the event, which will be split between St Clare Hospice and a local charity supporting children living with cerebral palsy.
For more information about the new M11 Junction 7A please visit the Essex Highways website.